Manti Te'o isn't the first to play this role. Frank Capra made a living making movies about humble, modest men who hit hard times.
A friend of Manti Te'o is coming to his defense, recalling a scene from this past spring that appears to validate the purported April 28 car accident that Te'o was told "Lennay Kekua" was involved in.
Excerpts from interview of Manti Te'o by ESPN's Jeremy Schaap.
Manti Te'o denied being part of a hoax involving a relationship with a person online whom he considered his girlfriend, during an interview with ESPN, but did say he "tailored" his stories so people would think he "met her before she passed away."