Te'o said everything he's gone through has increased his passion for the game because "that's my sanctuary, that's my fortress where I'm most comfortable. All it has done is made me look forward to when I'm back on that field again."
Te'o will get plenty of attention before he even plays a game with the Bolts.
"This is going to be a football team. He's going to have to deal with it," McCoy said. "The situation came up, he'll deal with that. People are going to have questions, OK? That's happened. He's going to learn from it, very similar to a lot of other people in life. You make a mistake from time to time, whatever that is, and you move on. You learn from it. It might come up at some point in time, but we'll deal with it however we need to. But he's one of ours now and he's going to help us win a championship here."
Te'o said going to the Chargers is "a perfect scenario. My parents can come and watch, I can go home, it's San Diego. We're all excited. I can't be any happier. Just looking forward to getting up there and getting this whole thing started.
"You talk about the Chargers, especially for a Samoan kid like me and you think of Junior Seau and what he did there and the legacy he left behind not only in San Diego but in the NFL," he said, mentioning the Chargers' late star linebacker.
A four-year starter and team captain, Te'o had 113 tackles, seven interceptions — the most ever in a season by a Fighting Irish linebacker — and 1½ sacks in 2012.
Te'o said he's going to be the same player in the pros as he was in college.
"I love the game, first and foremost. I'm a student of the game. I love to study film. I work hard. That's exactly what I'm going to be. I'm not going to change anything."
In the third round, the Chargers took Keenan Allen, California's all-time leading wide receiver, with the 76th pick overall.
The pick was unexpected, but certainly upgrades the position. He had 61 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns for the Golden Bears last year, when he missed the final three games with a knee injury. He finished with 205 catches in three seasons. His 2,570 career yards were third in school history.
AP Sports Writer Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
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