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Manti Te’o is getting a welcome home parade this weekend along with his teammate Robby Toma.

Te’o was a standout linebacker at Notre Dame, and was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Toma played wide receiver for the university, and like Te’o graduated from Punahou.

Both are hoping to get picked up in this week’s NFL draft.

Te’o received a lot of unwelcome attention this year when news broke that his dead girlfriend never actually existed.

Some speculated that the fact that he fell victim to a hoax could hurt Te’o’s draft stock.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced the parade in a press release, saying the city is co-sponsoring the event with the Koolauloa community.

The parade begins at 4 p.m. Saturday at Hauula Beach Park and will end at Laie Park where a community celebration is scheduled.

“We’re all very proud of these home-town heroes, and we’re pleased to welcome them back home,” Caldwell said in a statement.

The city is providing a $2,000 grant for the event, and an official said there may be some  “incidental expenses.”

Nick Grube

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