Lt. Col. Gadson had lost bough his legs, above the knee when fighting in Iraq. The former West Point football player gave such a moving and emotional speech that each and every player on the 2007 team reached deep down inside and found something.
"You don't get to pick your circumstances. It's your obligation to be your best no matter what you're asked to do." Lieutenant Colonel Greg Gadson said, and it stuck with every play that wore a NY on their helmet that year.
Osi Umenyiora is a very good football player and has the knack of making other players around him that much better. I have faith that at the end of this year, Jerry Reese will do the right thing and take care of No. 72.
But for right now...three weeks to opening day kick off I seriously hope that Osi can find that motivation, that pride, that special something that brings out the competetive edge that makes him great.
Growing up watching Lawrence Taylor play you could always sense a feeling of greatness ooze from him when an opposing team challenged the Giants. LT took it as such a his personnel mission to be the best and no man, no player was going to stop him.
I want Osi to let it all go and play like there is no tomorrow. Show the world he can be better than Jared Allen, John Abraham and Dwight Freeney.
Maybe now the NY Giants can find some of that old magic.
Michael Strahan used to say that on game day he and Osi used to challenge each other and how Osi used to talk about how "he" was the better athlete. Strahan rebuts his comments his comments, but loved the thought that Osi believed it.
The New York Giants have a very tough road schedule. Outside their traditional inner-division schedule, Big Blue has New Orleans, Green Bay, New England, and the New York Jets all on the road.
Becoming 10 & 6 will take some of that "road warriors" magic that Osi Umenyiora knows all too much about.