Giants' DE Osi Umenyiora is not blind. Like the rest of us, he sees the rise in arrests of NFL players and can't for the life of him understand the spike - especially in the day-and-age of Roger Goodell, who deals with such infractions both swiftly and harshly.
"It’s just ridiculous,” Umenyiora said at an event in midtown today as per Art Stapleton of the Record. “People need to be more focused and more grateful for what it is that they have. Coming from where I came from [during his trip to Nigeria earlier this month] and seeing what I saw, all that poverty, people who have nothing, they would cut off both their legs to be given the opportunity that these people have. To be messing around like that is real unfortunate.”
What is his advice? Wait for it.....
“I know everybody likes to make fun of Tim Tebow, talk about him, but he sets an outstanding example......I think if more people would focus and try to be like him and carry themselves the way he does, I think this league could be better.”
He's right. Many players don't realize what is at stake and how short NFL careers are. Even Goodell's pre-emptive efforts have done little to stem the tide of transgressions. 31 players have gotten busted since the Super Bowl.