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Lott Finalists Chosen In NFL Draft

Last December, at his second appearance at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach for the Lott IMPACT Trophy awards presentation, Manti Te’o told everyone: “I love it here in Newport Beach and the Pacific Club feels like home, I hope the Chargers draft me.”

Well, four months later, Te’o got his wish, being selected by San Diego with the sixth pick in the second round.  “To go to San Diego, I’m just so excited,” he said.

A finalist in 2011, Te’o, the highly acclaimed linebacker from Notre Dame, won the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2012.

“Te’o can step in and play for us,” said Charger General Manager Tom Telesco.  “He’s the most instinctive and productive linebacker in the draft.”  The Chargers moved up – by trading with Arizona – to get Te’o.

Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist Jarvis Jones of Georgia was a first-round choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It was the sixth straight year a Lott finalist was chosen in the first round.

“He’s a special player,” Pittsburgh General Manager Kevin Colbert said of Jones.  “He’s a solid kid, a great player.”

Another finalist, Linebacker Arthur Brown of Kansas State, was selected in the second round by Baltimore.  Chase Thomas of Stanford, also a finalist, was undrafted and signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Founded in 2004 by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The Lott Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and a distinguished group of former college football head coaches. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottIMPACTTrophy.org