SAN DIEGO -- Rookie linebacker Manti Te'o says he is not concerned with the result of a poll that places him among the top five disliked players in the NFL.
“All that stuff doesn’t matter to me,” Te’o said. “If it does matter to me, then that’s my fault.”
Over half of the 1,100 people surveyed (53 percent) said they disliked Vick, even though the quarterback hasn’t had any transgressions since being released from prison in May 2009 following a 19-month sentence for his part in a dogfighting ring.
Te’o was second, as 48 percent of respondents said they disliked the former Notre Dame star whose story of a deceased girlfriend turned out to be fake, even though no evidence has been presented to suggest that he was in on the hoax.
“For me, I know that whoever took those polls, if they knew who I am they wouldn’t say that stuff,” Te’o said. “The people who know me, they know what I’m about. And that type of stuff, it’s just a bunch of nonsense to stir up things.
“For me, I’m just going to continue to do what I do. And the people who know me, they know me for who I am. They know what it’s all about.”
Chargers outside linebacker Thomas Keiser was surprised to hear his teammate’s name was on the list.
“I don’t know why,” Keiser said. “He’s a nice guy. I’ve never had any issues with Manti. But I guess -- I don’t know if polarizing is the right word, because he’s not causing that much drama personally -- but obviously when he was at college there were things brought up in the media.
“And plus he played for Notre Dame, which is one of the most liked or disliked teams in the nation. So, I don’t think he’s that bad of a guy. He definitely doesn’t deserve to be No. 2 on the disliked (list).”