Report: Umenyiora says he'll quit if he's not starting
Super Bowl week is usually reserved for some ridiculous statements.
Typically, someone from one of the teams, or players from both teams will say utter something they shouldn’t and it creates a mini-stir for a day or two.
But the most nonsensical remarks this week right now belong to a player that will need a ticket to get into Super Bowl XLIV Sunday night. Leave it to Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants to insert a cleat into his mouth.
Visiting with WFAN earlier today, Umenyiora said if he’s not a starter for the Giants next season he’s going to quit. Yes, quit.
"I'm not going to be a back up player, I can promise you that," Umenyiora said. "I'll stop playing football before I do that ever again. This has been just the worst offseason of my entire life. I can't even think of a time when things were this bad during the offseason. You're supposed to be relaxing, but I can't relax because all I can think of is the things that took place last season, you understand? So for me it's not something that I'm going to do. If I'm asked to come back there and do that then I'll just stop playing football."
Umenyiora might be happy that the Giants have hired Perry Fewell as their new defensive coordinator. He butted heads with the ousted Bill Sheridan last season, and his play on the field was not up to par. In fact, Umenyiora considered that he might be done in the Big Apple during parts of last season.
"Did it go through my mind? Obviously, yes," he said. "Obviously you come through a situation where you've been here for a long time and you've won Super Bowls, you've been to the Pro Bowl a couple of times, then things like that start happening, you start being benched and they say you're coming in on the third down rush, I think it almost seemed like the writing was on the wall at that particular time. I felt like I had worn out my welcome, because for certain people, no matter what happens, they'll never take them out of the lineup, you understand what I mean?
"So I felt that way. I felt like maybe it was my last year because of that situation. But you never know man. I hope it's not. I hope things can be rectified and things can be resolved. But we'll see."
This sounds like a player who needs a serious talking to at some point before the Giants get back to business. You know, in order to see if his head is screwed on right. Fewell certainly isn’t going to listen to demands from any players. Keep an eye on this one.
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