Manti Te'o Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 31 Jul, 2017
Facts of Manti Te'o
Date of Birth: 1991 , January-26
Age: 30 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet
Name Manti Te'o
Father Brian Te'o
Mother Ottilianad Te'o
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Laie
Ethnicity White
Affair with Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey
Education Punahou School, University of Notre Dame
Awards Heisman Trophy
Siblings Brieanne Te'o
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Manti Te’o is an American football player who was recognized as a consensus All-American and received eight national awards. During his senior year of college, he gained media attention for his infamous dead girlfriend hoax where he made a story about a fake girlfriend.

Early Life and Education

The brilliant player was born on January 26, 1991, in Laie, Hawaii. He holds White American ethnicity and belongs to American nationality. He joined Honolulu(HI) Punahou school and then attended Notre Dame college and completed his graduation.

When he was at college he played a football from 2009-2012 where he decorated college football players of all time which include eight national awards. He was raised with his one brother and four sisters named Manasseh, BrieAnne, Tiare, Eden, and Maya.

Manti was ranked as the No.1 defensive prospect in the country by the ESPN and was heavily recruited by the college football powerhouses.


The proficient player came into his senior year as one of the most celebrated players and recruits on both national and state levels by landing on a number of national top ten recruiting lists before the start of the season. During the 2008 season, he helped Punahou to its first-ever state championship in football.

Te’o was nationally regarded as one of the elite prospects in the class of 2009. He also delivered a relatively slow time in the 40-yard dash before pro personnel at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 38th overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft. He and Brady Quinn both played college football at Notre Dame.

Personal Life

Te’o was born in Laie, Hawaii on January  26, 1991, of Samoan ancestry. He is the son of Brian and Ottilianad and has five siblings. When he was at high school, he had a 3.5 grade-point average and also volunteered with the Shriners Hospital, Head Start preschool program, Hawai’I Food Bank and Special Olympics.

The reassuring player is also an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has not revealed about his personal life as he loves keeping his personal life secret. He has no any affair and is not dating anyone. Currently, he is single and is still unmarried.

Girlfriend Hoax

Manti told many media outlets that both of his grandmother and his girlfriend died on September 11, 2012. He explains that his girlfriend was the student at the Stanford University and died after a car accident.  Many reporters and medias reported on these tragedies during the 2012 season and emergence as a Heisman trophy candidate.

After receiving numerous email tip, the reporters named Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey conducted an investigation into Kekua’s identity. Finally, on January 16, they published an article reporting that Kekua did not exist and pointed to a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo as involved in the hoax of relationship with Te’o.

Net Worth

The famous American professional player net worth is reported to be around $2.5 million which helped him to live a luxurious life.