Osi Umenyiora is already willing to call Robert Griffin III ‘RG3′

Osi Umenyiora is apparently an easy guy to win over. During an interview with WFAN over the offseason, Umenyiora said Robert Griffin III didn’t deserve a cool nickname like “RG3.” Instead, Umenyiora said he was going to call him “Bob.” The Giants defensive end has already changed his mind.

Griffin enjoyed a stellar debut in a win over the Saints last Sunday. He threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns and did not turn the ball over. The performance earned the rookie NFC offensive player of the week honors, and Umenyiora indicated that is enough to earn his respect when speaking with USA TODAY Sports Thursday.

“Oh, um, RG3?” Osi asked. “What is he? What does he like to be called? What does he want me to call him?

“Yes. I will call him RG3.”

So that settles that. The Giants don’t play the Redskins until Week 7, but Umenyiora has already come around. Thank goodness for that, because Griffin already has enough nicknames. He didn’t need to add “Bob” to the list.

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Osi Umenyiora: Giants need to harass, pressure Tony Romo

We are amazingly only a day away from the opening game of the 2012 NFL season featuring the Cowboys and defending Super Bowl champion Giants. Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora made an appearance on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” Monday morning, and while he wouldn’t divulge any secrets about the best ways to stop the Giants’ defensive line, he did say what they’re aiming to do to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

“He has a very quick release, we know he’s not going to sit there and hold the ball he’s going to try and get the ball out quick the receivers are going to run shorter routes they are going to throw quick passes and try to run the ball,” he said. “As many times as we can get back there, I think the key is getting back there and harassing him and pressuring him. Sacks are going to come sometimes they come sometimes they don’t, but the key is getting pressure on him and I think we are going to try our best to do that.”

You figure that harassing and pressuring the opposing quarterback would be the key to the Giants winning, but that’s not always their objective. Sometimes their d-line might stay back in order to crowd things to stop a team’s running game by plugging holes. But that naturally sounds like a sound plan to stop Romo. Between Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys have fantastic offensive weapons, but their weakness is on the offensive line. If any team can exploit that, it’s the Giants.

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Osi Umenyiora calls Robert Griffin III ‘Bob,’ says he needs to earn RG3 nickname

Typically there are two types of nicknames for players in sports: achievement-based nicknames and ones that just stem from a person’s name like you or I would have. Robert Griffin III’s nickname falls under the latter category. The former Baylor star has probably been called a fair share of names that have to do with his athletic ability, but people normally call him RG3 because of his actual name. Despite that, Osi Umenyiora still feels as though Griffin has to earn the nickname.

“Who is this RG3 guy you guys keep talking about?” Umenyiora said on WFAN Tuesday according to the NY Post. “You talking about Bob Griffin? You guys are giving him a cool nickname already and everything. When he does anything in the NFL we’re gonna call him RG3. Right now he’s Bob Griffin.”

For starters, RG3 is no more of a nickname for Robert than Bob is. Umenyiora’s point is that Griffin doesn’t deserve a “cool” nickname until he has accomplished something, but calling the Redskins quarterback RG3 is no different from calling former Red Sox and Yankees outfielder Darnell McDonald “D-Mac.”

In reality, Osi is just talking a little trash — which we know he loves to do when it comes to division rivals. He’s trying to rattle the rookie a little bit, and there’s no harm in that. Having said that, it’s not like anyone is calling Griffin “The Chosen One” or “King Robert.” RG3 is nothing more than an abbreviated form of his actual name.

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Osi Umenyiora: The league would be better if players were more like Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is the center of a lot of criticism both on and off the field. Off the field, people take issue with the way he talks about religion and have accused him of jamming it down the throats of others. On the field, it has been said that Tebow is not an NFL quarterback and lacks the proper mechanics needed to ever become an effective passer at the NFL level. However, Osi Umenyiora would tell you that the Jets backup is a tremendous role model for players across the league.

“I know everybody likes to make fun of Tim Tebow, talk about him, but he sets an outstanding example,” Umenyiora said Tuesday according to Newsday. “I think if more people would focus and try to be like him and carry themselves the way he does, I think this league could be better.”

In particular, Umenyiora is referring to the more than 30 players who were arrested this offseason. Considering these are all professional football players with tremendous jobs and plenty to lose, that seems like an insanely high number. Several players like Kenny Britt and Marshawn Lynch have been arrested for DUI while others like Dez Bryant have gotten themselves into more complicated trouble with the law.

One anonymous player from the Lions even acknowledged that Detroit is becoming a joke across the NFL because of the number of players they have had in handcuffs. It’s obvious players either feel invincible or can’t help but get into trouble. While Tebow is criticized for a number of things, I’d bet my entire bank account he’ll never be in trouble with the law. Whether you’re a fan of him or not, Osi is right that other players could benefit from being more like Tebow.

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Osi Umenyiora offers to buy back Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl ring, but there’s a catch

Just as the New York Giants are receiving their spiffy Super Bowl XLVI rings, a former Giants legend is about to lose his from over 20 years ago.

Lawrence Taylor‘s ring from when Scott Norwood won the Giants Super Bowl XXV in 1991 has hit the auction block. You would think it’s because L.T. needs to pay legal fees, but it’s actually his son who put the ring up for auction. As of writing, the latest bid was at $108,378 with six hours left in the auction.

Now Osi Umenyiora has entered the picture. The Giants defensive end is willing to buy Taylor’s ring for him, but first there’s a catch. Umenyiora has challenged his Twitter followers to get him to 500,000 followers by the end of the auction Saturday night. If he can reach that figure by the 10 p.m. ET deadline, he will place the winning bid. As incentive, Umenyiora will randomly choose one of his followers to personally give the ring back to L.T.

Umenyiora has his work cut out for him. He presently has just over 43,000 following him. Originally he set his target figure at 1 million but wisely cut that in half. But unless he cuts that number in half again (and maybe again), it’s probably safe to say this is going to happen.

I’m not going to tell Umenyiora how to spend his money, but if he was really cool he’d buy the ring regardless of what happens on Twitter. Why else say you’d do a really nice thing for somebody and end up not doing it merely because you didn’t get enough Twitter followers?

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Osi Umenyiora wishes LeSean McCoy a happy Mother’s Day

It should be no surprise that members of the Eagles and Giants are beefing. It’s even less of a surprise when the parties beefing are Osi Umenyiora and LeSean McCoy.

A refresher for any of you behind on this comedic, at times childish, NFC East feud: During Umenyiora’s contract dispute last year, McCoy, a so-called “Internet gangster,” went on Twitter to call Umenyiora soft, overrated and the third best D-lineman on the Giants. Umenyiora responded by saying McCoy crossed the line and also started referring to the Eagles running back as “she” and “Lady Gaga.”

You would think it would end there, or at least take a hiatus during the offseason, but no. Trash talking in the NFL is a year-round business. So, here we are Sunday, on Mother’s Day, with Umenyiora sending the following tweet out to his 15,000 followers, none of them likely McCoy:

McCoy didn’t respond directly to the Umenyiora, but did post this message on his own feed an hour and a half later:

Let the beef begin? I don’t think it ever stopped!

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Osi Umenyiora says there’s a good chance he’ll be in a wheelchair by age 45

In case you haven’t taken note, Kurt Warner caused quite the stir last week with his comments about not wanting his children to play football. Everyone from analysts to former players to current players have weighed in on the matter, with some ripping Warner for dogging the game while others completely agree with him. Amani Toomer was one of the first to rip Warner for his comments, and on Tuesday morning one of Toomer’s former teammates took to Twitter to express his support for Warner.

“By the way, Kurt Warner is right to think how he is thinking about his kids and football,” Osi Umenyiora wrote. “It’s an awesome game and has done a lot for me, but I know when I’m 45 there is a strong chance I’ll be in a wheelchair. If I can avoid that for my son, I will. But if he wants to play I won’t stop him.

“Love Toomer that’s my guy, but he is dead wrong attacking Kurt like that.”

We don’t want to sit here and beat a dead horse, but the stuff Osi said makes a lot more sense than the overreactions we saw by Merril Hoge and Toomer. When it comes to the safety of your children, the whole “the game has done so much for me” thing kind of goes out the window.

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