As defensive end Osi Umenyiora walked off the field following a 42-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, he knew it would likely be his final time as a member of the New York Giants. And he savored it; blowing kisses to the fans and thanking them for years and years of support and love.
"If this is it … I am happy and proud to have played for this organization; this city," Umenyiora said on Sunday night.
Umenyiora said he would go home on Sunday and reflect on his time as a Giant, and think about what the future holds. He did that, and on Monday during an interview with Michael Kay, the Chief acknowledged that it was probably time to move on.
“I feel fortunate to be able to play 10 years in New York. It was a great run. I think now is probably time to move on," Umenyiora said. “There’s really not much left for me to accomplish here in New York. We won a championship twice, I think I’ve been a Pro Bowl player. Everything has pretty much gone better than I could have imagined in New York. So if there is a time to leave, it probably would be now but there is no telling what would happen.”
Despite his public feud with General Manager Jerry Reese over a new contract, both parties have maintained their love an admiration for each other. And on Monday, Reese had some very high praise for the veteran defensive end.
"Osi has been a terrific player for us. He’s one of my all-time favorite players in the National Football League," Reese said. "Not just Giant, all-time favorite players."
Reese added that he's "got a lot of good football left in him," but wouldn't say much beyond that.
It's clear that the two sides are going to part ways, much to the chagrin of head coach Tom Coughlin who said on Sunday that he'd much rather play with Umenyiora than against him, but all good things must eventually come to an end. So Umenyiora will end his Giants career having won two Super Bowl championships, been named to the Pro Bowl twice, been a two-time All Pro, the NFL sacks leader in 2005, the NFL record holder for forced fumbles in a single season (10), and the franchise's single-game sacks leader (6).
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