BY GOV. NEIL ABERCROMBIE – I want to congratulate Manti Te‘o for the dual honor of receiving the Butkus Award and being named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. The mission of the Heisman Trophy is to recognize outstanding college football players who exhibit excellence with integrity. Manti epitomizes great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.
Manti is a superb athlete and role model who has generated tremendous pride throughout our state and country. He is deserving of the Heisman.