- He received an offer from an unknown team as recently as yesterday but "either I was going to play for the Giants or I wasn’t going to play football at all," he said.
- Osi has spoken with JPP and said that "his team needs him"
- He has a job working with the NFL promoting the games in London this season "I want to be the Michael Strahan of London," he added.
- When asked about Super Bowl XLII: "I'm pretty sure God himself said 'You guys are probably not going to win this game.'"
- On his two Super Bowl wins: "The second one was good, but the first one was unreal."
- When it comes to playing in New York "There's nothing like winning here in New York. There's nothing like losing here, either."
- Regarding his time with the Giants "There's nothing like being a New York Giant, and I wish some of the players here would understand that."
Osi Umenyiora was one of the best pass rushers the Giants, or many teams for that matter, have ever had. He was a second-round pick out of Troy in 2003 and played for the Giants through the 2012 season. He finished his career last year after two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
When the Giants were negotiating a trade for the rights to Eli Manning in 2004, the Chargers demanded they include Osi in the trade. Giants' GM Ernie Accorsi refused and agreed to draft choices instead. Good move.
Osi recorded 75 sacks with Big Blue, placing him fourth on the franchise’s official list. Hall of Famers Michael Strahan (141.5) and Lawrence Taylor (132.5) and Leonard Marshall (79.5) are the only players with more sacks in a Giants uniform since 1982, when sacks became an official statistic. In 10 postseason games, Umenyiora had 5.5 sacks, tying him with Justin Tuck for fourth in Giants' history.
He was an integral part of the Giants' Super Bowl XXII and XLVI winning clubs and a master of the "strip sack" a play in which he separated the quarterback from the football.
"Osi was a tremendous teammate and player for the Giants," said Manning. "And a guy who made so many great plays— sacks, sack-fumble, sack-fumble touchdowns, you know I remember so many big plays that he made. I think it’s great that he’s retiring a Giant and I’m excited for him. He had an unbelievable career."
The Giants management had this to say today about Umenyiora....
CEO John Mara: “Osi was certainly one of the premier defensive ends in the game and a key part of our two Super Bowl teams. But he was much more than that. Osi had so much pride and always gave 100 percent. He represented himself and our team on and off the field like a true professional and was a great example to his teammates.”
Chairman/EVP Steve Tisch: “Osi is and has always been a great Giant. I will remember him as much for his great smile and engaging personality as I will for his ability to rush the passer. His love for the game is obvious to anyone who watched him perform.”
GM Jerry Reese: “Osi was an explosive, smart, crafty edge rusher who was a scary matchup for any offensive tackle in this league in his prime. He had all the moves and played the game right, and he was a great student of the game.”
Head coach Tom Coughlin: “Osi was a huge, huge part of those teams. That’s the connecting link with all the guys. When they go away and then call back and talk, I express how much they mean to me as individuals, and I have to Osi. And he will respond in the same way about his time here and what great memories he has and how fond his thoughts are of winning Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. In my mind, when I think of 42, I see 92, 72, 91 (the ends’ jersey numbers) walking away with (New England quarterback Tom) Brady laying on the ground. I’ll never forget that picture. That’s a beauty.”