Osi umenyiora dating now
Whether it’s instantly taking to Alabama high school football after migrating to America in his early teens; or easily earning a college scholarship to a burgeoning in-state college football program; or being drafted 56th overall as a highly-touted defensive prospect in the 2003 NFL Draft; or even winning two Super Bowls with the New York Giants (one of which came in the undoubted greatest upset in the sport’s history), Umenyiora has a proven ability to just ‘get it’ and win, quickly.
Speaking to the Huffington Post this week, Osi explains that going into broadcasting or coaching - as many of his peers have - didn’t hold the same appeal to him.“I just think that most NFL players try to go the more traditional route, into broadcasting, and I didn’t want to just do that.Now, the Giants don't have a 31-year-old (going on 32) whose negative attitude will weigh down the team and can look to bring in some fresh legs to the unit. A lot of fans really liked happy and made an effort to keep him in New York. If it was a one-year offer, you'd understand why he said no thanks. With the NFL International Series rolling into London once again this weekend and the Miami Dolphins taking on the New York Jets at Wembley, The Huffington Post UK spoke to former All-Pro defensive end Osi Umenyiora, the NFL’s new ambassador in the UK, on winning, wellbeing and why he’s taking the lead on growing the game in Britainsi Umenyiora knows a thing or two about what it takes to succeed.Not long after former Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora signed a multi-year contract in 2006, he wasn’t happy with it.
But he never was able to get the new payday he wanted in New York.
We’re told that, within the past year or two, he turned down a three-year, $18 million package from the Giants. Clearly, he was unhappy with not being a starter and playing behind Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck. Also, some fans perceived him to be a little bit of a diva.
And, at times, he may have acted like one, such when he made the salary dispute public.
I thought coming out here and actually being on the ground for something that will turn into something special was a better opportunity than just trying to be one of a thousand people who are doing the same thing in America,” he says.
Expanding the game in an international market is however a unique challenge for a game so used to being embedded in the culture of its homeland.
Yorkshire high schools won’t be turning out the baying 20,000 strong crowds you regularly see in Texas any time soon, and few British youths are likely to drop dreams of playing up front for England and replace them with hopes of maybe getting a shot in the NFL.