Osi Umenyiora is gearing up for his 8th season with the New York Giants. A season where he and his teammates will be the defending NFC East and Super Bowl champions.
While the Giants core has remained intact, there have been a few changes within the division. The most intriguing of which is Robert Griffin III taking over at quarterback for Washington Redskins. But seeing as though the Giants are on top of the NFC East mountain at the moment, Umenyiora sees it as his job to remind everyone that Griffin III has not done a thing in the NFL and until he does, Umenyiora will not call his by his established nickname, RG3. Instead, he will call him Bob Griffin.
“Who is this RG3 guy you guys keep talking about?’’ Umenyiora said. “You talking about Bob Griffin? You guys are giving him a cool nickname already and everything. When he does anything in the NFL we’re gonna call him RG3. Right now he’s Bob Griffin.”
Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl XXV ring has sold and Osi Umenyiora isn’t the new owner of the jewelry.
Taylor’s ring sold Sunday night at auction by the firm SCP Auctions. Umenyiora had said if he got 1 million Twitter followers he would step up and purchase the ring to return to the former Giants star. When Umenyiora, who started the day with less than 30,000 followers realized that was impossible, he lowered his aim to 500,000. Needless to say, he finished more than 400,000 short of his goal.
Taylor’s ring sold for $230,401 at the auction as there were 30 total bids. Taylor’s son is the one who sold the ring via the auction house.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is the latest NFL figure to chime in on the player safety debate. Based on previous such comments, his sentiments lie somewhere between former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer and current Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. White took to Twitter to address the issue.
“It’s crazy how football players are killing our game you signed up to play a violent game and made a lot of money now you talk bad about #how,” White tweeted first.
When a follower asked White, “Would you ever trade your job for anything else?”, White responded with this: “No I love playing football if I cant walk when im 50 it was well worth it.”
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora for skipping a media session at the Super Bowl. Umenyiora missed a mandatory 45-minute interview session with the press for which he explained that he miss understood the schedule. He was fined $20,000 by the NFL two hours after missing the 45-minutes session.
In an interview on sports radio WFAN, New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said that this is the worst offseason of his life and indicated that he’d rather stop playing football altogether than be a backup player.
“I’m not going to be a back up player, I can promise you that,” Umenyiora said. “I’ll stop playing football before I do that ever again. This has been just the worst offseason of my entire life. I can’t even think of a time when things were this bad during the offseason. You’re supposed to be relaxing, but I can’t relax because all I can think of is the things that took place last season, you understand? So for me it’s not something that I’m going to do. If I’m asked to come back there and do that then I’ll just stop playing football.”
Umenyiora, of course, is coming off a tremendously rocky season which began with a one-day walkout after a dispute with former defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, and continued as he struggled to regain his form after missing all of 2008 following knee surgery. His play slipped so far, especially against the run, that he was replaced in the starting lineup by Mathias Kiwanuka for the final weeks of the season.
The NFL regular is officially over and there is no more Sundays for me to hope that the New York Giants defense will turn itself around. With the off season additions of defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, defensive end Chris Canty and getting a healthy Osi Umenyiora back, the expectations where high for this squad. So WTF happened in your first year of taking over the defense Bill Sheridan?