Produced on November 16, 1981, in London, England, Osi Umenyiora learned to play soccer after settling in America as a teen. Despite his late intro to the sport, he developed into a promising defensive end at Troy State University. Chosen using the 56th pick in the 2003 NFL draft, Umenyiora became a two time Pro Bowler and won two Super Bowl titles together with the New York Giants.
Ositadimma “Osi” Umenyiora was born on November 16, 1981, in London, England. The son of Nigerian parents, he moved to his ancestral state as a young lad, where his dad, John, was a king in the hamlet of Ogbunike. Umenyiora afterwards emigrated to America to live together with his sister in Auburn, Alabama, and earn the opportunity at an improved instruction.
Umenyiora played soccer growing up, but as a 250-pound teen in a football-crazy area, it was inevitable he would be shoved to the gridiron. Playing alongside future school teammate and NFL All Pro DeMarcus Ware, Umenyiora aligned to his new sport after only two years using the Auburn High football team, and was recruited to play for Division I-AA Troy State University. However he really broke out when as a junior he transferred to defensive end, where his speed established an advantage for rushing opposing quarterbacks.
Umenyiora played sparingly in his rookie season, beginning once in his 13 matches. But, the Giants considered he’d develop right into an integral person in their defense and refused to contain him in a trade with San Diego for the rights to 2004 first complete draft pick Eli Manning. Umenyiora rewarded their beliefs with 7 1/2 sacks in 2004, and the subsequent season he burst for 14 1/2 sacks, second best in the NFL, and was honored with an All Pro spot and Pro Bowl choice.
In 2007, Umenyiora recorded a franchise-record six sacks in Week 4 against the arch rival Philadelphia Eagles, en route to some total of 13 and his second Pro Bowl choice. Umenyiora suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee in a preseason match the next year, and missed the whole 2008 season.
More reverses arrived the subsequent summer. Umenyiora’s frustrations together with his contract bubbled to the top, as he held out during training camp and openly accused Giants general manager Jerry Reese of lying about a guarantee to renegotiate. Then he got another knee surgery that knocked him out of action for the beginning of the season. Soon later, he met Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, who become his fiance.
Umenyiora eventually was able to get his contract reworked right into a one-year deal for $7 million for the 2012 season, but followed using a disappointing effort. Left unsigned by the Giants after 10 largely successful seasons in The Big Apple, Umenyiora procured a strong two-year contract in the Atlanta Falcons, and vowed to come back to his Pro Bowl form.