On Sept. 22, the day of Lennay’s supposed funeral, Te’o makes a record 12 tackles to help Notre Dame upset Michigan. In a press conference the next week, Te’o said: That has to be the hardest thing that I’ve had to do so far; to be able to operate, and to be able to try to continue with my daily routine, but knowing that I just lost two women that I truly loved. That was the hardest thing. And the other hardest thing was my girlfriend’s service was the day of Michigan’s game. And I remember when I found out I knew when they were going to close the casket and all that stuff, and it was during walk thru. And I remember I asked Coach Diaco, “Coach, what time is it?” And he said, “It’s 12:01.” And that would be 9:00, 9:01, California time and 9:00 is when they closed the casket for my girlfriend, so I had a moment then. But I’ve never felt so strong; especially strong, and I never I could never thank the student body and the fans around the world for their all love and all their prayers and support.”
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