Osi Umenyiora Celebrity Life
Osi Umenyiora is a former star player of the National Football League (NFL). He is known to have played for reputed teams such as the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants.
It was in 2003 when Umenyiora was drafted by the New York Giants during the second round of the NFL Draft.
He also happens to be one among the four British-born players to hold the pride of winning a Super Bowl.
Umenyiora got married to Leila Lopes, former Miss Universe, in 2015.
They had a son, Dijani Umenyiora, in 2018, and now live in the United States. Umenyiora’s overall rank in the NFL is 297, and his overall score is 82.
Born on November 16, 1981, Osi Umenyiora is the child of Nigerian immigrants, Chinelo Chukwueke and John Umenyiora. Although his birthplace was London, Umenyiora returned to Nigeria at the age of 7.
When he turned 14, he moved to Alabama in the United States in order to receive a better education, while living with his sister.
Umenyiora attended Auburn High School, where he played football for two years and was friends with DeMarcus Ware, a fellow future NFL player.
He ended up winning an athletic scholarship and went on to play for the Troy State Trojans. His talent was noticed soon enough when he finished 2002 with a grand total of 15 sacks.
After being drafted by the New York Giants in 2003, Umenyiora had his first year as a starter in 2005. That is when he earned his reputation as a premier pass rusher, winning All-Pro recognition and participating in the Pro Bowl.
Umenyiora attained 70 tackles and 14.5 sacks, falling second only to Oakland Raiders’ Derrick Burgess.
In December of 2005, Umenyiora was offered a six-year contract extension worth $41 million by the Giants, along with a guaranteed sum of $15 million.
He set a Giants franchise record when he achieved six sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth game of the 2007 season.
Umenyiora had to undergo a surgery towards the end of the season when he suffered cartilage damage in his left knee.
The month of October in 2008 saw Umenyiora joining the crew of ESPN's Monday Night Football. During the first week of the season in 2009, Umenyiora had his second career touchdown while playing against the Washington Redskins.
Umenyiora was placed on Reserve by the Giants when he did not report on the first day of training camp and showed up late the next day.
He stated that his contract was promised to be renegotiated post the 2010 season, but Jerry Reese did not do so. Umenyiora then signed a two-year deal in March of 2013 with the Atlanta Falcons.
On August 26, 2015, he signed a one-day deal with the New York Giants, post which he announced his retirement.
The Giants won two Super Bowl Championships while Umenyiora was a part of the team. He was also selected for the Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2007 and achieved his first career touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in 2007.
Umenyiora was given the title of the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in December of 2010 when he recorded 7 sacks and 18 tackles.
In 2014, Umenyiora’s name went up in the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame. It was in 2015 when he started working for the BBC Sport as a sports presenter, covering the NFL International Series matches and the Super Bowl.
He won two Royal Television Society Awards in 2017 and 2019. Umenyiora was also awarded the British Sports Pundit of the Year award by the Sports Journalist Association in 2018.
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