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Notre Dame's Manti Te'o adds Lombardi Award to his haul

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Manti Te'o might not be the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, but he's cleaning up on the awards circuit so far.

Te'o won the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's best lineman/linebacker, in Houston on Wednesday night, becoming the fifth Notre Dame player to win the award. On Tuesday, he won the Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player -- the first Notre Dame player to do so -- and on Monday, he won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker.

Te'o thanked his school, his teammates and his parents.

"I was one of the very fortunate young men to be raised by great parents," Te'o said. "It's because of them I was taught all the characteristics and the qualities that this trophy stands for."

Thursday, Te'o heads to Orlando for the Home Depot College Football Awards show, where he'll be awarded the Butkus, and where he'll be up for the Maxwell (player of the year) and the Bednarik (defensive player of the year) awards. The three finalists for the Maxwell Award are the same as for the Heisman, so Te'o will go head-to-head with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein for the first time. For the Bednarik, Te'o is a finalist alongside South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.

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At the link, you will find a wonderful and fitting video tribute to a player for the ages: Notre Dame's Manti Teo.

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