It was the interview everyone was waiting for at the NFL Scouting Combine. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o addressed a group of reporters Saturday for the first time since news broke that he was deceived into believing he was dating a woman who did not exist.

The catfishing incident became national news due to the fact Te'o told people his girlfriend died during the season. Part of the Heisman Trophy runner-up's fame came from that compelling story.

"I've learned to be honest in everything you do," Te'o said. "And to keep your circle small and know who's in your corner and who's not."

Te'o said every NFL team has asked him about the incident and wanted to hear the story straight from him. Te'o said he already has met with the Houston Texans and the Green Bay Packers and has interviews scheduled with 18 other teams. He also said he has not been given any indication that the online hoax will hurt his draft stock.

"They've told me that they've all just wanted to hear from me what the truth was," Te'o said. "They haven't really said anything about it affecting me. ... (One team and I) briefly described it for 30 seconds, and the next 14 minutes was about plays and getting down to business."