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Under heavy guard, without a phone, internet or TV, San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o was finally allowed to come out of his basement home in the bowels of Qualcomm Stadium and speak to the media.

“When we’re out on the football field, everything else doesn’t matter,” Manti said as he nervously hoped that no one asks him about that whole fake girlfriend thingy.

“Thankfully for me, I’m surrounded by a bunch of teammates who have really pushed me to be better. All they care about is that No. 50 is working his butt off. I’ll take care of the work ethic part and for them, they just make sure that I’m going in the right direction. Personally, that hasn’t been difficult at all.

“We have a saying in the defensive room: ‘Keep the main thing the main thing.’ I’m here to play football. I’m here to be the best Charger I can be and I’m not going to let anything get in the way of that. We’ll keep the main thing the main thing.”

Next month, the team hopes to let Manti quickly check his Facebook page.

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