We're sharing the story of an Eagle Scout who is one of the top college football players in the United States. He's not from the Greater St. Louis Area Council, but he sets an example for Scouts who want to pursue success in Scouting and competitive athletics.
Manti Te'o is an All-American linebacker at the University of Notre Dame. He's a candidate for the Heisman Trophy, given to the top college football player in the country. He will lead the undefeated Fighting Irish into the national championship game on Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami.
Sportswriters and sports announcers who watch Te'o play are impressed by his leadership and character. Earlier this month, Te'o talked about Scouting's influence on his life. Read the story
from the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune
. He talked about his priorities during a LaSalle Council fundraising event.
"If you noticed, none of those things that I stated include what I am most known for -- football," he said. "I believe that football is something that I do. It's not who I am."
Te'o also was the subject of a post
on the blog, Bryan on Scouting
, at Scouting Magazine. Bryan Wendell writes,
"His family, his religion, and his time in Scouting put him on a path
toward a strong mind. As he grew into his 6-foot-2 frame, he added a
powerful physical presence. Ninety-six tackles and six interceptions
later, it’s easy to see why he’s in the national spotlight."
Te'o is proof that young people can excel in Scouting and athletics. Balancing multiple extracurricular activities and academics is challenging, but rewarding.
Do you know a Scout who excells in athletics? You're welcome to share their story by leaving a comment below.