Folks, though we've had fun with this for years, it's now time to put the Manti Te'o girlfriend jokes to rest.
The former Notre Dame superstar linebacker and six-year NFL veteran was spotted on Instagram with Jovi Nicole Engbino, a fitness instructor at Point Loma Sports Club in California, and it seems the two are dating based on her caption.
We all know the story by now. Te'o was fueled by the apparent death of his "girlfriend" Lennay Kekua during the Irish's run to the National Championship game in 2012. Deadspin blew the lid off that story when they reported the existence of Kekua was a complete farce and the product of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo trying use the identity to start a relationship with Te'o.
Engbino, however, is confirmed to be a real person. Good for Manti.
Te'o, who was drafted in the second round in 2013 by the then-San Diego Chargers after a poor combine, hasn't played in the NFL since he was cut by the New Orleans Saints last season. Hopefully, with his real, physical girlfriend in tow, Te'o can claw back onto an NFL roster.