Manti Te’o emails parents of dying girl

The star of Notre Dame’s defense continues to impress on and off the field. Manti Te’o recently wrote an email to the parents of a 12-year-old girl who was dying of cancer. The email reached the girls parents on Oct. 5 just hours before her death.

Bridget Smith’s parents read to her the email from Manti Te’. According to Fox Sports‘ Gregg Couch the email would have been two pages had it been written out. Couch reports that no one at Notre Dame was aware that Te’o wrote the email. The linebacker heard about the girl though a mutual friend but did not know her personally.

“We opened that letter that morning, and it was just a bright spot on the saddest day of our lives,” Bridget’s mother Louise Smith told Couch. “We read it to her; we shared with her what it said. They say hearing is the last thing to go. I don’t know. I believe she internalized it.”

Earlier this year Te’o lost his grandmother and girlfriend.

“I still constantly pray for Bridget and her family,” Te’o said. “You know, Bridget’s in a better place now. She’s with my girlfriend. There’s no better place to be.”

Bridget was able to attend Notre Dame’s victory over Michigan earlier this year.

Louise and Brian said that while they wanted to keep Te’o’s letter private and personal, at least for now, they would be OK with seeing the end of that letter published.

Here it is:

“Please tell Bridget that I am her biggest fan. Thank her for me for being an inspiration for me. I wish you and your family all the best. And know that I will be praying for your family, especially Bridget. God bless you all, Manti Te’o.”