No. 50 Atlanta Falcons
|Defensive End/Outside Linebacker|
|Date of birth:November 16, 1981|
|Place of birth: London, England|
|High school: Auburn (AL)|
|NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56|
|Debuted in 2003 for the New York Giants|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Ositadimma "Osi" Umenyiora (born November 16, 1981) is a British-born American football player who is an outside linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Troy University, and he was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Umenyiora has been selected for the Pro Bowl twice, and holds the Giants franchise record for most sacks in one game. He is one of three British-born players to have won a Super Bowl ring, joining Scott McCready and former Giants teammate Lawrence Tynes.
Umenyiora was born in Golders Green, London to Nigerian parents. His family moved back to Nigeria and later to Auburn, Alabama, where he started playing football in high school. He is of Igbo descent. his full first name means in Igbo "from today on things will be good".
Umenyiora played for the Troy Trojans football team while attending Troy University in Troy, Alabama. As a senior in 2002, he was an honorable mention All-American selection after starting every game at right defensive end.
New York Giants
Umenyiora established himself as a premier pass rusher in 2005, his first year as a starter. His stellar play earned All-Pro recognition and a trip to the Pro Bowl. Umenyiora achieved 14.5 sacks and 70 tackles, second only to the sixteen sacks obtained by Derrick Burgess of the Oakland Raiders.
On December 23, 2005, the Giants signed Umenyiora to a six-year contract extension for $41 million with $15 million guaranteed.
In the fourth game of the 2007 season, Umenyiora set a Giants franchise record by recording six sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles. At that point in the season, the Giants had 12 sacks, tying the NFL record. He recorded his second career touchdown on October 21 against the San Francisco 49ers when he sacked Trent Dilfer, forced a fumble, recovered the fumble and ran 75 yards for the score.
By the end of the season, Umenyiora's 13 sacks helped the Giants to an NFL regular season-leading 53 sacks. The Giants had a surprise victory in Super Bowl XLII over the New England Patriots, in part because of their strong pass rush performance. Umenyiora had four tackles in that game, three of which were solos.
During a preseason game against the New York Jets, Umenyiora suffered cartilage damage in his left knee and was required to undergo season-ending surgery. The finding by team physician Dr. Russell Warren was that Umenyiora suffered a torn lateral meniscus.
On November 5, 2010, Osi Umenyiora was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month after recording 18 tackles (10 solo), 7.0 sacks, and six forced fumbles in the Giants' four October wins. Umenyiora and teammate Justin Tuck recorded 11.5 sacks for the year, and combined for 16 forced fumbles.
On July 29, 2011, Umenyiora did not report on the opening day of the Giants' training camp. As a result the Giants placed him on Reserve/Did Not Report. He reported to camp late the following day. Umenyiora has claimed that general manager Jerry Reese promised to renegotiate his contract after the 2010 season, but failed to do so.
Umenyiora began practicing with his teammates on August 15, but after three practices he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The team expected him to miss the season opener against the Washington Redskins on September 11.
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- Osi Umneyiora speakers bureau biography
- "Igbo-Nigerians bring global presence to NFL Super bowl". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- Altobelli, Lisa (February 18, 2008). "Osi Umenyiora". Time Warner Company. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- Jenkins, Lee (February 13, 2008). "Everywhere Man". Time Warner Company. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- Giants.com Player Profile
- ESPN article
- MSNBC article
- Litsky, Frank (October 22, 2008). "Umenyiora Sets Mood, and Giants Join the Fun". Article (New York Times Company). Retrieved 2008-08-24.
- Schwartz, Paul (August 24, 2008). "Umenyiora Out for Season;MRI Exam Reveals Serious Ligament Damage". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
- Giants Headlines
- Page, Matt. "Umenyiora joins the MNF Crew". Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- "Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October", November 5, 2010. "Osi Umenyiora was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month after recording 18 tackles (10 solo), 7.0 sacks, and six forced fumbles in the Giants' four October wins."
- "Giants transactions". Giants.com. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- "Umenyiora reports to training camp". NFL.com. 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- "Knee surgery to keep Giants DE Umenyiora out up to a month". NFL.com. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
- FALCONS ADD DE OSI UMENYIORA
- "Osi Umenyiora, DE for the New York Giants". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- Jenkins, Lee. "Global Warning: Born in Britain, nurtured in Nigeria and baptized for football in Alabama, Osi Umenyiora is ready to rock the Patriots' world", Sports Illustrated, 28 January 2008. Accessed 7 March 2008. "'I feel like I come from everywhere,' says Umenyiora, who now splits time between Atlanta and Edgewater, N.J."
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