Osi Umenyiora

Osi Umenyiora

British-born American football player
Date of Birth: 16.11.1981
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Osi Umenyiora
  2. Early Life
  3. Education and College Career
  4. NFL Career and Achievements

Biography of Osi Umenyiora

Osi Umenyiora is an American football player of British descent. He is a defender and currently plays for the New York Giants in the National Football League (NFL). Umenyiora is one of three players of British origin who have won at least one Super Bowl in their careers.

Osi Umenyiora

Early Life

Umenyiora was born in Golders Green, London, to Nigerian parents. He has Igbo heritage, and his name translates from the Igbo dialect to mean "starting from today everything will be good." After his birth, Umenyiora's parents moved from London to Nigeria and then to Auburn, Alabama. It was in Alabama that he developed a passion for football. Interestingly, Umenyiora attended the same school as future Dallas Cowboys player DeMarcus Ware.

Osi Umenyiora

Education and College Career

Umenyiora received his education at Troy University, where he played football as a defender. In 2003, he was selected in the second round (56th overall) of the NFL Draft and joined the New York Giants. He appeared in 13 games in his rookie season, starting in one of them. Umenyiora solidified his place in the starting lineup by 2005, gaining a reputation as an outstanding pass rusher. His exceptional abilities caught the attention of All Star agents, and he soon earned a spot in the Pro Bowl.

Osi Umenyiora

NFL Career and Achievements

On December 23, 2005, the New York Giants signed Umenyiora to a new six-year, $41 million contract, with $15 million guaranteed. In 2006, he played in only 11 games of the regular season, missing five games due to a hamstring injury. In the fourth game of the 2007 season against the Philadelphia Eagles, Umenyiora set a Giants record for quarterback sacks. In a game against the San Francisco 49ers, Umenyiora not only successfully sacked Trent Dilfer but also intercepted a fumble and scored a touchdown. By the end of the season, he had sacked 13 quarterbacks, helping the Giants achieve first place in sacks. Umenyiora was selected for his second Pro Bowl that year.

Osi Umenyiora

The 2008 season proved to be challenging for Umenyiora as he suffered a severe knee injury in a preseason game against the New York Jets. He tore his meniscus and had to take a break from the sport. However, after an extended period of recovery, he eventually returned to the field. In 2010, Umenyiora was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month, recording 7 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 18 tackles (10 of them solo). He continued to excel throughout the year, adding 11.5 sacks and 16 forced fumbles alongside Justin Tuck.

In July 2011, Umenyiora was placed on reserve after arriving late to the Giants' training camp. He claimed that the team's manager, Jerry Reese, had promised to renegotiate his contract but failed to deliver on the promise. Umenyiora resumed training on August 15 but experienced knee issues after just three sessions. Initially, it was expected that he would only miss the first game of the season against the Washington Redskins. However, he returned to the field on October 2 in a game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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