FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – There isn't much behind the reason why Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o wears No. 5.
The senior explained the simple story during Thursday's interview session as the No. 1 Irish (12-0) prepare to play No. 2 Alabama (12-1) in the BCS championship game Monday.
"My dad and I were driving around Laie (Hawaii) where I grew up. He asked me, 'Son, when you play football, what number do you want to be?' And since I was five years old, I said, 'five,' " Te'o said. "I've managed to be lucky enough to carry on that little tradition that I started when I was five years old."