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35. Osi Umenyiora

Osi Umenyiora is one of the most successful Defensive Ends in the history of Troy University, and the former All-Southland player helped put his old school on the football map.

Umenyiora was a Second Round Pick in 2003, and he would be a starter on the right side the following season.  The former Trojan found a niche as an expert pass rusher, posting 14.5 Sacks in 2005 and 13.0 Sacks in 2007, both of which were Pro Bowl years.  A torn meniscus kept him out of the entire 2008 season, but he returned to help the Giants win the Super Bowl in 2009.

After leading the NFL in Forced Fumbles in 2010 (with another double-digit season in Sacks), he again was a part of a Giants Super Bowl win.  He departed New York for the Atlanta Falcons after the 2012 season, but not before he accumulated 32 Forced Fumbles, 75.0 Sacks, and 70 Tackles for Loss.  New York selected Umenyiora for their Ring of Honor in 2015.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 46th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/26/03.
  • Departed: Signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a Free Agent 3/27/13.
  • Games Played: 129
  • Notable Statistics:

    89 Games Started
    32 Forced Fumbles
    13 Fumble Recoveries
    224 Fumble Recovery Yards
    3 Fumble Recovery Touchdowns
    75.0 Quarterback Sacks
    391 Combined Tackles
    276 Solo Tackles
    115 Assisted Tackles
    70 Tackles for Loss
    87 Quarterback Hits*
    66 Approximate Value


    10 Playoff Games
    2 Forced Fumbles
    1 Fumble Recovery
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    5.5 Quarterback Sacks
    29 Combined Tackles
    23 Solo Tackles
    6 Assisted Tackles
    6 Tackles for Loss
    18 Quarterback Hits*

    *Quarterback Hits became a statistic in 2006.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XLII & XLVI)
    First Team All-Pro (2005)
    Pro Bowl (2005 & 2007)
    PFWA Most Improved Player (2005)

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