By Josh Kramer
Osi Umenyiora may be only 30-years-old, but he has already left a lasting impact on New York City and the NFL. Umenyiora during his eight-year stay in New York has already made two Pro Bowls, been named an All-Pro on two different occasions, and won two Super Bowls. Not to mention he holds the NFL record for forced fumbles in a season (10 in 2010).
He also has had his fair share of issues with Giants upper management, namely Jerry Reese. After nixing his agent, Umenyiora finally got the contract extension he desired for so long. Many figured this would enable Osi to be a happy camper for a while. He may be happy at this time, but his happiness has not stopped him from being a chatterbox.
First Osi praised a member of the crosstown rivals saying, “I know everybody likes to make fun of Tim Tebow, talk about him, but he sets an outstanding example.” The Tebow rant, though entirely unnecessary, was completely fine. It has been a tumultuous off-season despite the lack of CBA issues this summer (DUI fest). But this was just Osi’s opening act. Then he gave the reigning Heisman Trophy winner a little lip. Osi said the following about former Baylor star, Robert Griffin III: “Who is this RG3 guy you guys keep talking about? 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.”
This reminds me of his past Twitter battles with Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy. Let’s face it though. Osi did not have half the year in 2011 that he did in 2010 (largely due to the injury bug). The New York Giants are coming off of a remarkable run to the Super Bowl and definitely have a target on their back. Osi does not need to be giving away bulletin board material already. It is still just July. As with any trash talk, it fails its purpose when the “talker” does not back it up on the field.
Osi may be happy with the money. But he definitely has an issue in the trash talking department. For the sake of Giants fans, I hope he does not eat his words against either the Eagles or the Redskins this year. I don’t think McCoy or Griffin need any extra motivation to put on a show come Sundays.
It is fine that Osi loves to talk. Though I am not a fan, talking is part of professional sports these days. Hopefully he can back it all up come game time.
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