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Te'o says rough rookie season has nothing to do with grief he's caught over girlfriend hoax

New York Giants running back Peyton Hillis carries the ball into the end zone while San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o attempts to take the ball away on a 1-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

New York Giants running back Peyton Hillis carries the ball into the end zone while San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o attempts to take the ball away on a 1-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)  (The Associated Press)

Manti Te'o says his rough rookie season has nothing to do with the flack he's faced over getting fooled by a hoax involving a fake girlfriend while at Notre Dame.

The San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker said in his first conference call of the season Tuesday that he has yet to play a complete game in the NFL but that's because of his adjustment to the pros and not because he's distracted in any way by the catcalls from opposing teams or their fans.

Te'o said he does a good job blocking out the chatter from the stands.

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