Defensive end Osi Umenyiora is now a member of the Atlanta Falcons, having signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal earlier this week. During his introductory press conference on Thursday, Umenyiora spoke highly of his former team, the New York Giants, and specifically their General Manager, Jerry Reese. But on Friday, the Chief took to Twitter to thank the "real" fans for a wonderful 10 years.
"To the Giants, and all the REAL Giants fans, thank you for 10 wonderful years. You will be missed for sure," Umenyiora tweeted. "To the Falcons, and all the REAL Falcons fans, THANK YOU for this opportunity; you won't regret it. Now Rise the f up!"
Umenyiora, of course, was referring to the fans who have stuck with him and supported him when others had given up on him and wished him away. We'll call that a primary product of social media, as many of those fans have taken to Facebook or Twitter to direct messages of undeserved hate towards him.
Love him or hate him, there's no denying that Osi gave the Giants a great 10 years, which included two Super Bowl championships and multiple NFL and franchise records.
We here at Giants 101 wish Umenyiora the very best moving forward except when he plays the Giants.
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