Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o plays against BYU earlier this eason. Alabama's Barrett Jones and Notre Dame's Te'o are All-Americans and national award winners. They're also fine students who emphasize faith and postponed big money from the NFL to stay in school.
Associated Press/Oct. 20, 2012
Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones (75) reacts after a Crimson Tide score against Mississippi State at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Associated Press/Oct. 27, 2012
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Alabama center Barrett Jones was hobbling toward the plane, awkwardly clutching crutches and a bag when a helping hand reached out. "Here, let me get this for you," said Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker. Just a show of good manners from one of college football's best to another as they started an awards circuit that took them from New York to Houston to Orlando. And now they'll meet again, even farther south in the BCS championship Monday.