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Victorino is a Te'o fan

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:55 a.m. HST, Jan 6, 2013

Shane Victorino will be in Florida — well, the other side of the state, anyway — in a few weeks to open spring training with the Boston Red Sox.

First up for the so-called Flyin’ Hawaiian: A trip to the BCS title game.

Not surprisingly, Victorino is a fan of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who also hails from the state. And Te’o was thrilled to know that Victorino was coming down to lend Notre Dame his support.

“Shane Victorino is just a real good guy,” Te’o said. “We met him before and had the opportunity just to hang out with him for a couple days, and like I said, it’s that bond between Polynesian players and even non-Polynesian players who know what Hawaii is all about. ... Just to have Shane here and have him experience this moment with us, he’s family.”

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