Manti Te'o's crazy, whirlwind of a week ended just the way he wanted: with the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
It was only a year ago when Te'o announced he was returning to play at Notre Dame during the ceremony at the Pacific Club. The Lott Trophy was special to him, because he looks up to Ronnie Lott and because he felt it would cap a special week.
It was a memorable week that ended Sunday in Newport Beach. He made six stops for award ceremonies in eight days. The Notre Dame star linebacker began in Charlotte, N.C., where he won the Nagurski Award, as the nation's top defensive player.
Earlier in the day, he received a phone call from Dick Butkus who told Te'o he won the Butkus Award for being the nation's top linebacker.
The next day, Dec. 4, he was in New York to accept an award as a national scholar-athlete from the National Football Foundation. He met NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell because the scholarship he won was endowed by the NFL.