Osi Umenyiora: "I'll Be In a Wheelchair When I'm 45"

By Jeff Shull

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has already provided a multitude of classic tweets after creating his Twitter account last week, but the implications from his latest tweet have most scratching their head. Osi has dealt with his fair share of injuries during his career, there is no doubting that, but come on man, get real.

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A wheelchair? How many other former NFL players do you see rolling around in wheelchairs only a decade or so after retiring? Not many. I could be making a dangerous assumption there, but it cannot be that many, if any. Osi’s first major injury came in 2008 when he tore his ACL in a preseason game and was lost for the season. He came back in 2009 but was obviously not at full strength. A hip injury he played through plus that knee slowed him down and he had one of his worst seasons as a pro.

He came back with a vengeance in 2010, tying the NFL record for sack/fumbles he shares with former Miami Dolphin Jason Taylor. After that season is when you started hearing Osi tell the media about how much he’s sacrificed his body for the Giants. He used this as a major argument as to why he deserves a long term contract extension.

This latest tweet reeks of this. He is trying to subtly tell fans how much he’s given to this team. Give me a break. You’re not the only one to play through injuries. I love Osi as a player, he’s obviously one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, but there is a way to go about these contract negotiations. This ain’t it.

I wish Osi could see the Giants’ side of this. He was obviously due to make some serious cash before 2008, but when you sustain a serious knee injury like that, it’s in the team’s best interest to make sure you can play at a high level. Now that Osi has been playing well for two years (though he missed seven games in 2011), he deserves to get paid. But by which team is the burning question.


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