Osi Umenyiora says he could be in wheelchair in 15 years

There has been plenty of back-and-forth about football and the effects it has on those who play it.

Kurt Warner has talked about not wanting his sons to play the game and some have criticized him. Now, New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who is new to the world of Twitter, has defended Warner.

Umenyiora added to the discussion, writing earlier today: “Its an awesome game and has done a lot for me, but i know when im 45 there is a strong chance il be in a wheelchair.”

That’s a strong statement. Umenyiora, 30, is wrangling for a new contract, a mission he’s been on for well more than a year. He’s had knee issues and those combined with his age are probably part of the reason why the Giants have not made him happy.

But if Umenyiora is truly concerned about his health and well being in another decade and a half, we wonder whether or not he should continue to play. Is it worth if he’s actually worried about being wheel-chair bound come 2027? At some point, the passion for competition and the thrill of playing at the highest level needs to give in to common sense.

We’re sure Umenyiora was being genuine. Here’s hoping he is plenty mobile in another 15 years.

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