2013 NFL Combine: Manti Te'o press conference Catfishes media

The scene before the Manti Te'o press conference that never happened. (Will Brinson, CBSSports.com)

INDIANAPOLIS -- All of the jokes involving Manti Te'o being Catfish'd were thrown right back in the media's face Saturday when everyone fell for the hoax that was Te'o's noon press conference at the 2013 NFL Combine.

When rumors started percolating that Te'o would speak to the media, the crowd began to grow, quickly. More than 100 media members swarmed to Podium C at the combine waiting for the Notre Dame linebacker to show up.

Almost impossibly, it dwarfed the circus that was Tim Tebow during the 2010 NFL Combine and was comically larger than either of Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III's press conferences in 2012.

But just as the rumbling of Te'o being in the building started to crescendo, Gil Brandt of NFL.com (and general combine/draft legend) tweeted that Te'o was waiting on the doctors and wouldn't speak to the press until at least 3 p.m. ET.

And just like that, Manti Te'o managed to Catfish the entirety of the NFL media. At least for a few hours.

Here's hoping when he finally appears the NFL pumps in some intro music for the presser. I'd recommend Invisible Touch.

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CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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