“Manti Te'o's name has been making the news circuit lately as a contender for the 2012 Heisman Trophy,” according to a recent report in the Deseret News.
The article continues: “While most articles and interviews focus on his skills as a Notre Dame linebacker, Te'o has been outspoken about the important role of faith in his life.”
“Te'o is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2009, when Te'o was being recruited by 29 college football teams, it was his belief in prayer that led him to ultimately choose Notre Dame.”
“Recently, his Mormon faith has helped him overcome the tragedy of losing both his grandmother and girlfriend within a matter of hours.”
Te’o lives in the United States and has Samoan heritage.
Watch an ESPN video on YouTube about Manti Te’o and how he relies on faith to overcome tragedy.