After a week of accumulating awards, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o now waits to see if he will win college football’s most coveted prize: the Heisman Trophy.
The ceremony is Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Big Apple and Te'o's journey has been history in the making. Te’o is hoping to become the first exclusively defensive player to win the award, which was first bestowed in 1935.
The criteria is simple, it goes to the most outstanding player in college football. There are three finalists, but most observers believe this has turned into a two-man race between Te’o and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Both players are trying to break barriers. Manziel hopes to become the first freshman to win the award, and Te’o the first linebacker. The media attention has been intense for the past 48-hours in New York City, but Te’o says he will not let anything that happens tonight distract him from his ultimate goal.
If he does win, he says the trophy will go back to its rightful place at Notre Dame.