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Osi Umenyiora: Strong chance I’ll be in a wheelchair when I’m 45

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Osi Umenyiora is the latest NFL player to wade into the debate about the safety of football and whether parents should allow their children to play it. And Umenyiora feels the same ambivalence that so many players feel: He loves the game and will continue playing it, even as he wonders if it will leave him disabled for most of his post-retirement life.

Responding to Kurt Warner’s contradictory comments about whether or not he’d want his sons to play football, and the subsequent criticism of Warner from other former NFL players, and then the subsequent criticism of Warner’s critics from still other former players, Umenyiora wrote on Twitter that he’s with Warner in terms of concern about his own children playing football. And Umenyiora also has concerns about his own future health. But Umenyiora isn’t about to quit.

“Kurt Warner is Right to think how he is thinking about his kids and football,” Umenyiora wrote. “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. If i can avoid that for my son, i will. But if he wants to play i wont stop him.”

It would be interesting to know how many of the 1,500 or so former players currently suing the NFL would have said the same thing during their playing days. Most NFL players are content to accept the possibility of serious injury so that they can play an awesome game.

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118 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora: Strong chance I’ll be in a wheelchair when I’m 45”
  1. 7thlombardiontheway says: May 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    This is why he isn’t a Steeler. 6

  2. cakemixa says: May 8, 2012 11:22 AM

    He’ll also still be complaining about his contract.

  3. hairpie says: May 8, 2012 11:22 AM

    I have an idea Osi, how bout you dont play football, you stop complaining and you get a regular job like everyone else?

  4. theslex says: May 8, 2012 11:22 AM

    GO. AWAY.

  5. rezdawg says: May 8, 2012 11:23 AM

    Hoge and Toomer tried to be tough guys by calling out Warner…lets see if they have what it takes to call out Osi too.

  6. rushmatic says: May 8, 2012 11:23 AM

    Osi the latest? Osi can’t keep his mouth shut, usually.

    In this case, I’m on his side.

  7. dallassux says: May 8, 2012 11:24 AM

    Does this guy ever shut up?

  8. chadmurdigan says: May 8, 2012 11:25 AM

    Don’t these guys have anything else to talk about? Geezus, let’s get the season started so we have something actually newsworthy and interesting to read.

  9. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 8, 2012 11:25 AM

    How many former players are in a wheelchair at age 45? I think it’s probably less than 1%. So where does he get the idea there’s a “strong chance” he’ll be in a wheelchair?

  10. troybulletinboard says: May 8, 2012 11:26 AM

    umm it’s pretty simple, the NFL gives it’s players a chance to provide for their family in ways they otherwise could never imagine. it’s the way of the world. no different than a broke college student doing product testing, just on a larger scale. sometimes you eat a brownie and collect $100. sometimes you end up with hives and $100. either way, they got the $100 they needed.

  11. catman72 says: May 8, 2012 11:27 AM

    Boo-friggin-hoo.

  12. bloodfarmer3621 says: May 8, 2012 11:27 AM

    Osi is a complete fool.

  13. catman72 says: May 8, 2012 11:28 AM

    I invite any of these players who think they are endangering their health to resign, nobody is forcing them to play football, it’s 100% voluntary and at this point everyone knows the risks involved.

  14. burnzy32 says: May 8, 2012 11:28 AM

    yes Osi your life is so hard, the millions and millions of dollars to play a game, that most of us that God didn’t bless with amazing talent, would still play for FREE if it weren’t for issues of having to clock in 40 hrs a week to make a 1/3 of your one weeks game check.

  15. ibottpsgoldpants says: May 8, 2012 11:28 AM

    I am nearly 40 and play soccer. I have two ACL replacement surgeries and will likely pay for it when I am older. I play because I love the game. OSI plays because he gets a huge paycheck. Stop whinning you little girl! If you don’t like it you can always quit. No one is making you play!

  16. artvan15 says: May 8, 2012 11:28 AM

    Well shut up and quit then!!!

  17. hendawg21 says: May 8, 2012 11:29 AM

    Come on Osi that’s a bit extreme isn’t it??? A flair for the dramatics as well must be that NY living…btw driving and wrecking a car or numerous other things which are dangerous could put you in a wheelchair by 45 i.e. Roy Campanella…because my now job requires i sit at a desk is risky as well not enough excercise, arse getting fat, joints getting stiff, eyes going bad from staring at a computer all day…this on top of all the other damage my body has taken from sports and years in the military…so to all you NFL dudes get real you’ve been catered to and paid well since you learned you had a talent now you want the world listen as you whine whoa unto me…

  18. eagles4thering says: May 8, 2012 11:29 AM

    This guy is doing anything to be relevant.. you’re expendable in NY now! Hush up

  19. airplayful says: May 8, 2012 11:30 AM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    This is why he isn’t a Steeler.
    ———————

    Cool, that way he can avoid a 7-9 season!

  20. vallz5 says: May 8, 2012 11:31 AM

    Look on the bright side, even at 45 people can still continue to say “Man, that Osi has got some good wheels.”

  21. catman72 says: May 8, 2012 11:32 AM

    I was a volunteer fireman and I risked my health and life on a daily basis for free. Every time I got on that truck I knew the risks I was taking and accepted those, so I’m having a hard time feeling sorry for guys who are making millions of dollars while taking far fewer risks than I was.

  22. timentideblog says: May 8, 2012 11:32 AM

    Its about the money, its about the money, its about the money,,,,,,,,period.

  23. thraiderskin says: May 8, 2012 11:35 AM

    I can’t stand Osi, but he isn’t wrong. There are those jobs out there that set you up well for the rest of your life, but at a major cost to your physical (sometimes mental) health. Depending on what drives you to stay in those professions doesn’t matter, its about if you’re willing to accept that sacrifice. Not wanting your kids to have to make those same sacrifices is the job of a parent.

  24. dmadras says: May 8, 2012 11:35 AM

    You make your own bed NFL Players.

    Risk/Reward in everything we do. It’s our circle of choice. You chose to life this life.

    These guys are all trying to “cash in” as soon as S*&% starts to hit the fan.

    I would highly recommend quitting or go out there and “DO YOUR JOB!”

  25. seahulk9 says: May 8, 2012 11:37 AM

    please shut up steelers. you will absolutely NOT win the lombardi trophy this year or next year or even the year after that…and by that time Big daddy rape’$$$ career will b over and wallace will b long gone

  26. alewinsk says: May 8, 2012 11:37 AM

    I didn’t realize that backups were in that much danger?

  27. bigwinintx says: May 8, 2012 11:38 AM

    Nobody forced you to sign a contract, no one is holding you at bay with a gun to your head to show up for training camp, and nobody is believing that you don’t have options.

    If you’re having this much trouble doing it, then just walk away.

  28. daysend564 says: May 8, 2012 11:38 AM

    There are many professions throughout the US (and world) that will leave you beat up/mangled if not dead. None of those professions make 1/10 of what you make.

  29. beavertonsteve says: May 8, 2012 11:38 AM

    I asked my boss for a raise this morning and tried Osi’s reasoning.

    With all the time I spend chained to my desk there’s a good chance I have a heart attack by 45. He suggested I quit.

  30. bigjdve says: May 8, 2012 11:40 AM

    While I typically don’t like Osi and his contract drama, in this I actually think that we can see why he is the way that he is.

    While I still don’t agree with his contract fight, I do agree with his sentiments about the game.

  31. bucky370 says: May 8, 2012 11:40 AM

    Osi, than quit the game and save your body. Not like you havn’t made millions upon millions. Or can’t you control your spending? You are giving up your elder years to live like a rock star. Suck it up and play without whining or quit and enjoy life.

  32. rc33 says: May 8, 2012 11:42 AM

    So quit.
    That’s what Matt Light just did. Says he did it for his kids and while he still was in good health.

    Bet Osi would miss whining about his contract too much to retire.

  33. lucky5934 says: May 8, 2012 11:43 AM

    Proof right there that players know the risk AND assume the risk when playing this violent sport. So why again are all of these players trying to sue the league over concussions and disabilities? Oh yeah… they wanted to make millions to play an “awesome” game.

  34. greymares says: May 8, 2012 11:44 AM

    rezdawg says:
    May 8, 2012 11:23 AM
    Hoge and Toomer tried to be tough guys by calling out Warner…lets see if they have what it takes to call out Osi too.

    ————————————————–
    what makes you think Osi is tougher than Kurt Warner, he constantly gets handled by running backs. 80% of his reputation was garnered on 1 game against a rookie O.L. playing out of position. he talks about being in a wheelchair, the man has bad knees, most people that played high school sports and they didn’t have to be contact sports have bad knees. the man is a loud mouth PHONY.

  35. gmen8timeworldchamps says: May 8, 2012 11:44 AM

    This guy doesn’t stop talking, but when he plays he’s a difference maker. So let him talk, as long as he’s playing on Sundays, I’ll deal with it. 8.

  36. guitarmaninks says: May 8, 2012 11:44 AM

    Just quit now then….Tired of hearing this crap from the players and the league . Guess it is time to move on and find something else to be a fan of.

    I don’t see the NFL on this list http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/pf/jobs/1108/gallery.dangerous_jobs/index.html

    Maybe we should all stay home and not work as it seems there is risk in all we do.

  37. davefromacquisitions says: May 8, 2012 11:46 AM

    ibottpsgoldpants says: May 8, 2012 11:28 AM

    I am nearly 40 and play soccer. I have two ACL replacement surgeries and will likely pay for it when I am older. I play because I love the game. OSI plays because he gets a huge paycheck. Stop whinning you little girl! If you don’t like it you can always quit. No one is making you play!

    —————————————————————

    Oh that’s rich. Some 9-5 weekend “futbol” warrior (trying to maintain straight face) is calling a 2x SB CHAMPION PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL player a little girl. And 9/10 of you hacks give him a thumbs up? Pathetically hilarious.

  38. hendawg21 says: May 8, 2012 11:50 AM

    What these guys need is a real job with real problems living paycheck to paycheck as some do, they seem to feel they are being forced to earn millions to play a game which may cause problems down the road…well guys look no further than your police, fireman, military for starters but also the garbage guys, construction workers etc., these jobs are far more dangerous than playing a game of football and get paid nothing close to what you make…

  39. bdawkins20 says: May 8, 2012 11:50 AM

    can this guy just go away. he should be in diapers now cause he crys so much. i wish teh giants would trade him to the colts or some other crappy team.

  40. Vegas Guy says: May 8, 2012 11:50 AM

    Dear Osi,

    Quit.

    Thank you,
    NFL Football Fans Everywhere (that struggle to get by on $40k/year)

  41. jenniferxxx says: May 8, 2012 11:50 AM

    There goes his “I didn’t know and the NFL didn’t tell me” lawsuit. Nice play Osi. Oh, and cigarettes are bad for you. There, I spoiled another one.

  42. jenniferxxx says: May 8, 2012 11:53 AM

    … and the Steeler guy who keeps changing his nickname cause he gets banned … is a pathetic loser.

  43. dbones750 says: May 8, 2012 11:53 AM

    The media sure wants us to hate this guy…

  44. lolb23 says: May 8, 2012 11:54 AM

    Hard to find the time to talk crap when you are busy training for the up-coming season. Just sayin’

  45. minnesotablizzard says: May 8, 2012 11:55 AM

    I want to hear from some of the old players that are still bad ass like Carl Eller. Carl Eller got tasered 4 times by the cops as an old man a year or 2 ago and still kicked their asses. I bet he doesnt complain about his playing days. Modern society is getting real soft, real fast.

  46. hendawg21 says: May 8, 2012 11:58 AM

    minnesotablizzard says:
    May 8, 2012 11:55 AM
    I want to hear from some of the old players that are still bad ass like Carl Eller. Carl Eller got tasered 4 times by the cops as an old man a year or 2 ago and still kicked their asses. I bet he doesnt complain about his playing days. Modern society is getting real soft, real fast.

    Ain’t that the truth…couldn’t agree with you more!

  47. bigbluenationdb says: May 8, 2012 12:00 PM

    As a Giants fan, the more Osi talks the less I like this guy.

    If he is that concerned about his health why is seaking a contract extension? Just play out this last year of his current contract and get a job in the broadcast both or something. Why put your body through 4-5 more years of pain and surgeries if you fear you will be in a wheelchair.

    Stop talking out of both sides of your mouth all the time.

    More players should do like Robert Smith. Invest their money wisely and walk away from the game at an early age with a healthy body.

  48. jpiro says: May 8, 2012 12:00 PM

    If he honestly thinks he’ll be in a wheelchair at 45, he should walk away NOW.

    No amount of money, fun or fame will outweigh 30+ years of immobility.

  49. rexryanschoolofpodiatry says: May 8, 2012 12:06 PM

    Wheelchair by 45?? Don’t flatter yourself Osi, you don’t play that hard….

  50. dirtybird70 says: May 8, 2012 12:07 PM

    Luckily for Osi, stupidity alone can’t physically cripple you.

  51. tdk24 says: May 8, 2012 12:08 PM

    That’s why you make the big bucks! Would you rather be a coal miner?

  52. cooklynn17 says: May 8, 2012 12:09 PM

    Osi please, shut your mouth already. Nobody cares, just get to the QB.

    If your that concerned then quit, chump. I have never seen a player in my life complain as much as you do. Its like your on your period or something. Just shut the F up and play.

    I swear this guy flops more than Flipper about some of the things he says and does. What a waste.

  53. cooklynn17 says: May 8, 2012 12:15 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says: May 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    This is why he isn’t a Steeler. 6
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That’s cute, then why is Big Ben still your QB, if your organization is all about doing things right?

    If Osi hit the market today, the Steelers would be the first in line to sign him.

    BTW, last time I looked 8 was better than 6.

  54. chuck9063 says: May 8, 2012 12:16 PM

    I’m sorry but this is ridiculous. If these players are so worried about getting hurt and not walking when they are 45 then stop playing! This is getting out of hand with all these players who are on this concussion lawsuit as well, because the league “did not inform them that when you run into people a full speed over and over again that it could cause serious longterm damage.” It almost seems like they already have the brain damage if they didnt know that going into it. Either quit or keep playing and get your millions and stop crying about it!

  55. jackblackshairyback says: May 8, 2012 12:18 PM

    Once again, the average level of reading comprehension of pft followers shows through. He isn’t complaining, he’s trying to illustrate Warner’s point.

  56. Hammerjacker says: May 8, 2012 12:21 PM

    This guy is a moron.

  57. mullman7675 says: May 8, 2012 12:22 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    May 8, 2012 11:21 AM
    This is why he isn’t a Steeler. 6

     34 291 
    ——————————————–
    You are a kook of the highest order. Well done.

  58. kodakinvegas says: May 8, 2012 12:28 PM

    KodaknRocky
    Let me tell you what it looks like when you abuse your body, total bi-lateral knee replacement @54, both knees done at one time, triple by pass surgery plus three separate medical stents, double by-pass aneurysm surgery behind left knee at 54 , one good vertebrae in my spine and total degeneration of the spine at 60, lower lumbar L1 thru L5 totally inoperable , wrist and shoulder arthritis beyond explanation. Thirteen daily different medications and a total average of 20 pills/capsules per day. You get a third leg (cane) for short walks and a handicap cart for long distances, through Wal malt, Kroger and such. You fight with deep deep moments of depression because you can’t do the things you always did and supporting your family is a disgrace. Death seems an easy way out if you’re brave enough. You lose sight of hope, accomplishments and pride – that was then, this is now

    It’s your choice to make, but remember this, our bodies DO NOT come with a life-time warranty. Between 17 and 40 it has miraculous self healing characteristics, 45 on it’s a rougher, tougher process and all that early damage begins to show up looking for payment. With interest – loss of short term memory, everything is now calculated thought out plans rather tan impulse decisions and and theres all out attempt to avoid further damage because the next hit could kill you. Period. You become a has been, you talk about the glory days “when”.

    All the meds just take the edge off, you toss n turn all night, you go to bed hurting, you wake up hurting, you walk a mile in your sleep and are always exhausted and EVERYTHING seems to take three times the effort it once did. Even if you were one of the lucky ones that made millions, it’s still extremely painful, demoralizing and its unbelievable how cruel time can be. Know the facts, the truth, the consequences and make informed decisions. Period

    I had a daughter that got her Bachelors Degree and NEVER played the game. Thank God. She did deliver two identical twin sons and that was ENOUGH for her. LOL. “Glory days, they’ll pass you by in the wink of a youg girls, glory day”. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

  59. profootballwalk says: May 8, 2012 12:29 PM

    ibottpsgoldpants says: May 8, 2012 11:28 AM

    I am nearly 40 and play soccer. I have two ACL replacement surgeries and will likely pay for it when I am older. I play because I love the game. OSI plays because he gets a huge paycheck. Stop whinning you little girl!
    ———————————————

    A soccer player is calling a football player a little girl?

    Pot…. kettle.

  60. deshackle says: May 8, 2012 12:29 PM

    I too don’t want Kurt Warner’s kids to play football.

  61. nflsecurity862 says: May 8, 2012 12:30 PM

    Just be lucky you’re not on offense Osi. Otherwise, the Saints would put a bounty on you so fast! $$$$ “Pay me my money!!!”

  62. weepingjebus says: May 8, 2012 12:30 PM

    He raises a good point: Kids, you may have a lot of talent in life, but when it comes down to costs and benefits you have to think long and hard about whether you really want to play on Twitter.

  63. kodakinvegas says: May 8, 2012 12:33 PM

    PS. Theres not a bone or a muscle in you body that don’t hurt and the cost of insurance is. Totally ridiculous and then theres always your co-pays and deductible. Knowing one last thing, the older you get, the propensity there is of making big money. Slam now, pay later. Promise.

  64. randallflagg52 says: May 8, 2012 12:35 PM

    You know what will shut all these whinning players up? A nice tour of duty in Afghanistan. Once they see what REAL adversity and hardship is like they’ll go back to their jobs of playing the same game middle schoolers play for fun and like it.

  65. skinsrock says: May 8, 2012 12:39 PM

    They all want the fortune & fame… now it sure seems a lot of athletes are acting like they are cows going to a slaughterhouse & want us to feel sorry for them when 50% of them are going to make more in a few years of play than most of us will make in a lifetime… and there are 100,000’s of ex-athletes who are going to face a lot of the same dementia & arthritis without the comfort of being an NFL player. They haven’t been paid a dime for their pain.

  66. gmen4life33 says: May 8, 2012 12:42 PM

    How about this NFL Players:

    Play 4 years, make 4-8 million dollars, and retire.

  67. andyreidisarrogantandfat says: May 8, 2012 12:44 PM

    Ok then stop playing and get a real job. You will avoid the wheel chair and have a fairly normal life. If you don’t want to do this then please stop talking.

    No one really cares Osi. Man I hate complainers.

  68. jasncondit says: May 8, 2012 12:46 PM

    For some it is either play and get hurt bad or live in the hood and get hurt worse. Sad someone has to make that choice.

  69. xinellum says: May 8, 2012 12:47 PM

    Let’s not forget they get a boatload of money for playing a game that we love to play as kids. I played for years for nothing and got the hell beat out of me but I still played and suffered lifetime injuries just from High School and College, but I never got paid and I would still play the game. I guess there are players who love the game and play it because they love it and don’t care about the injury and then there are those who make the money and whine and cry about every hit they ever recieved. Maybe if at draft time we could single out the crybabies, the NFL would definitely be better. I don’t know maybe at the combine they can have the $50,000 shuttle run and see who is faster chasing the money. They are then disqualified LOL

  70. godcanfirealdavis says: May 8, 2012 12:48 PM

    How bout we do away with the nfl all together… Make college the highest level.. Play for free.. Get a degree and then go out and make $50,000 a year… If your lucky… Hmmmm sounds good! And we can outlaw everything else fun while we’re at it..

  71. jeffa43 says: May 8, 2012 12:51 PM

    Starting to get the feeling that JenniferXXX is the “1” on the strip club billboard…

    19 Gorgeous girls, 1 Ugly….

  72. CKL says: May 8, 2012 12:53 PM

    I’m far from an Osi fan, but it’s clear he’s just supporting Warner’s point.
    If more people ignored the messenger and just looked at the message maybe that would be good.

  73. dayumyou says: May 8, 2012 12:54 PM

    Of course he’s concerned….only a FOOL would not be….it takes courage to say what he is saying and it takes courage to play the game knowing the risks involved…..Hmmmmm……courage…something most posters on here know nothing very little about….

  74. kosarkid says: May 8, 2012 12:55 PM

    He should be able to afford a Hoveround on his salary. Come on.

  75. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 8, 2012 12:57 PM

    Osi is such a dramatist. Can we just get to September and get him 10-12 more sacks and a repeat? Please?

  76. kodakinvegas says: May 8, 2012 12:58 PM

    XINILLILM. — I agree 100%. Been there done that, for free as well and would do it asain. Have a lot of good memories and pay for everyone of them. Woulda been nice to get 12 mil for just one year. I’d still be living off of it 40 plus years later with a big ole smile on MY face!

  77. cancelsundayticket says: May 8, 2012 12:58 PM

    Hogwash, I say..I’m not buying what Osi is selling!!

    Let’s face it, he’s made enough money already to, if he has played his cards right, live very comfortably for the rest of his life.

    If he really feels this way, why not retire now, save his body and live off his prior earnings?

  78. firemarshal1 says: May 8, 2012 12:59 PM

    Don’t play it. Or accept the money. Nobody forcing you to play if.

  79. detroitcityryda says: May 8, 2012 1:03 PM

    It’s called a gift and a curse ! same happens With actors,musicians once they become famous they all lose someone close to them ,when you sign your soul over for big money then you should know what you’re getting into .

  80. cardiovascularendurance says: May 8, 2012 1:05 PM

    He also doubts about will you still be sending him a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine.

  81. ibreathefootball says: May 8, 2012 1:09 PM

    aka he wants to be the next guy to sue the NFL and make money off of this current safety BS. Why isn’t the players from 1940’s to the 1970’s out there hiring their lawyers? They have too much respect to blame it on football, that’s why.

  82. Patriot42 says: May 8, 2012 1:13 PM

    It seems those that try to save ourselves from danger will do their best to vilify the sport as they have done with dodge ball in schools as being too dangerous but since there are billions at stack it won’t happen with the NFL. The danger will come from those that control our sports at a young age. Those that want a nanny state will point to soccer as a sport with minimal contact and low cost uniforms as an alternative.

  83. ham1 says: May 8, 2012 1:16 PM

    “Most NFL players are content to accept the possibility of serious injury so that they can play an awesome game.”

    Thats a nice ending though I would add to that

    And Get Paid Millions !

  84. tropboi11 says: May 8, 2012 1:20 PM

    Teach your kids to play baseball, they will get to play both offense and defense, then if they make it they can play every day not just Sundays. Also, they won’t have to worry about ever being in a wheelchair!

  85. bobhk says: May 8, 2012 1:26 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    May 8, 2012 11:21 AM
    This is why he isn’t a Steeler. 6
    =======
    Interesting coming from a guy who most likely does not play the game professionally. No skin in the game…

    @7thlombardiontheway
    will you renounce the stealers if any of the current/former stiller players come out and agree with Warner?

  86. bangitfootball says: May 8, 2012 1:28 PM

    These self absorbed players and their blood sucking lawyers make me sick. I can think of 30 occupations that are more dangerous than NFL players and have the statistics to back it up. The only difference is firemen, coal miners, public works employees, cops, soldiers, tree cutters, correctional officers, steel workers, construction crews, brick layers etc etc dont whine about it constantly.

  87. thehouseofho says: May 8, 2012 1:29 PM

    Do the majority of PFT’s readers have issues with reading comprehension? The man is talking about protecting the health of his son, he’s not talking about himself. He fully states the game is awesome and has been good to him, but he is speaking strictly about the health of his child. Did you all also notice that he said he wouldn’t stop his children from playing if they wanted to? Kurt Warner also said the same exact thing.

  88. hedleykow says: May 8, 2012 1:30 PM

    In other words, “even when I am 45, I’ll still be faking like I’m injured.”

  89. starfan79 says: May 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    Lol I think it’s funny all these “victims of the game” act like thy have no choice in what they do. Quit! Walk away!

    Alot if these guys got a free degree and they have made enough money to open up their own businesses. I have zero sympathy for these millionaires

  90. nyjad says: May 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    Coal miners literally risk their lives every day and get paid a fraction of what nfl players do. NO sympathy here, osi is finishing up a contract that paid him over 40 million over the past 7 yrs, he should have plenty of money and should retire now and save everybody the trouble.

  91. joebee78 says: May 8, 2012 1:36 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:

    May 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    This is why he isn’t a Steeler. 6

    ———————————————

    Yeah, because Steelers let the Rooneys use them up and spit them out with out complaining or worrying about their future. They accept their fate of being homeless (Mike Webster), killing themselves (Justin Strylzik, Terry Long) or heart problems (numerous Steelers from the Steel Curtain era that used steroids).

    With all of Troy’s concussions, it’s looking like he’s next in line to join that list.

  92. markus124 says: May 8, 2012 1:41 PM

    As usual, this is about money.

    Osi is trying to get sympathy for his endless campaign for a big contract extension by saying that the money he is seeking will need to carry him for what is sure to be a miserable life post 45.

    He has done a lot for the Giants but his incessant complaining is getting harder and harder to take.

  93. giantssg says: May 8, 2012 1:42 PM

    Thanks for the diagnosis, Dr. Osi.

    With Favre now gone, the undisputed biggest drama queen in the league today.

  94. basedrum777 says: May 8, 2012 1:47 PM

    The guy’s 100% right to worry. Anyone arguing differently is just reacting to having to hear him say ANYTHING which is one word too many for him. I would say however that he’s handled it like 99% of the people on this board would: if you worked at a job that you almost knew would kill you young but would make you rich you wouldn’t stop your kids from trying it but you’d warn them. No doubt in my mind about that.
    BTW the hoveround comment is hilarious.

  95. AlohaMrHand says: May 8, 2012 1:52 PM

    Can’t wait in 2024 for Monday Night Checkers once they dissolve the NFL.This is ridiculous,these men are not stolen by gypsies at birth and forced to play football until they are crippled or dead.They chose to play they chose this line of work.Go tell a coal miner or a cop about the dangers of your job Osi!

  96. basedrum777 says: May 8, 2012 1:55 PM

    And he never asked for any sympathy.

  97. AlohaMrHand says: May 8, 2012 1:55 PM

    nyjad says:
    May 8, 2012 1:33 PM
    Coal miners literally risk their lives every day and get paid a fraction of what nfl players do. NO sympathy here, osi is finishing up a contract that paid him over 40 million over the past 7 yrs, he should have plenty of money and should retire now and save everybody the trouble.

     ———————————————————————————-

    Thank you,my wife’s father and grandfather both worked in coal mines and eventually developed lung cancer.Osi has no sympathy here either.

  98. peytonsforehead says: May 8, 2012 2:00 PM

    Ever notice how easy it is to hate Stiller fans???

  99. bobhk says: May 8, 2012 2:02 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:

    May 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    This is why he isn’t a Steeler. 6
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    Interesting coming from a guy who’s never played the game in NFL and who’s got no skin in the game.

    @7thlombardiontheway will you renounce the squealers when any former/current stealers come out and agree with Warner or Osi?

  100. johnnyb216 says: May 8, 2012 2:13 PM

    So don’t play. It’s that simple. These players act as if though they don’t have a choice in the matter. It’s starting to really get annoying. If your that concerned about it, then don’t play anymore. These players make more money over the course of one contract than most of us will in our lives. And now they want even more. There are plenty of occupations out there that are hell on your body and people struggle to get out of bed every day to go work them. He’s lucky he doesn’t have to work till he’s 60 years old like the rest if us.

  101. shinnbone says: May 8, 2012 2:13 PM

    Osi Umenyiora: Strong chance I’ll be in a wheelchair when I’m 45.

    Who Cares?

  102. bozosforall says: May 8, 2012 2:13 PM

    rc33 says:
    May 8, 2012 11:42 AM
    So quit.
    That’s what Matt Light just did. Says he did it for his kids and while he still was in good health.

    __
    I knew that it wouldn’t be long before some loser Pats fan would post here and make it about how Pats players are superior to other players.

    Osi is sticking around so that he can continue to dominate the Pats’ offensive line…just like he did in the last two Super Bowls.

    So, go munch on your sour grapes somewhere else, chump a$$ New England loser.

  103. dscol715 says: May 8, 2012 2:17 PM

    For all of you people saying he doesn’t have a right to complain because he makes a lot of money I assume you never complain at your job right? Oh but you don’t make as much as he does? Well the fact that you are posting to an internet website about football means you are most likely a middle class or above American. Middle class Americans probably make more than 95% of all of the people on the globe. So stop bringing up how much money he makes because it makes you look petty and jealous and has no bearing on the validity of his arguement.

  104. exibitsman says: May 8, 2012 2:19 PM

    I am sick of these football players all coming foreword now with all their physical ailments these men choose to play they were not forced to play football. these men are well payed 90% of them are lifetime million air’s. after playing 7 to 10.year’s. and Osi will be in a wheel chair with about 25 to 30 million dollars in the bank.I am just tired of these selfish athletes and there ME ME ME atitudes

  105. schmitty2 says: May 8, 2012 2:22 PM

    Good job Osi! You whine about wanting a long term deal then spout off about being in a wheelchair at 45. Don’t you think that might make the Giants and the league a tad nervous that you will turn around and file some sort of dumb lawsuit?

  106. kxlllxst says: May 8, 2012 2:23 PM

    Careful with this talk Osi.. you might invoke the wrath of of Amani Toomer

  107. thelastpieceofcheese says: May 8, 2012 2:42 PM

    Science has unequivocally proved that football concussions lead to numerous illnesses. We already know scientifically that playing the game leads to Alzheimer’s, mental illness and suicide.

    Who plays this game? Violent brute bullies who don’t know any better, who couldn’t do anything else in life, trained and programmed to make themselves insane with never-ending hits to the head. These players are victims of a brutish culture led by the American people who want to see brutal hits and injuries every Sunday.

    Notice that 75% of the players in the NFL are African-American, 75% of the concussions are being suffered by African-Americans; 75% of Alzheimer’s, dementia, dizziness, forgetfulness, suicides, heart attacks, early deaths are African-Americans.

    How long are we going to put up with the sacrifice of African-American males for a bloodthirsty American audience?

    How long are we willingly going to submit African-American males to maiming, concussions, early death, and perhaps suicide? For what? The blood lust of the American population?

    Are we still in the old plantation days?

    We need to ban this racist, barbaric relic of a game!

  108. donz0 says: May 8, 2012 3:12 PM

    In 10 years, robots will be playing the game of football. Remeber the Jetsons?

  109. donz0 says: May 8, 2012 3:12 PM

    In 10 years, robots will be playing the game of football. Remember the Jetsons?

  110. cowboyhater says: May 8, 2012 3:13 PM

    Then retire. Problem solved.

  111. armchairqb says: May 8, 2012 3:19 PM

    Dude, I’m a Giants fan and I love this guy and I’m getting close to saying “good riddance.” Does he ever shut the hell up?

  112. bpfpft says: May 8, 2012 3:20 PM

    Everyone should read Mike Freeman’s piece today on CBS Sports about study of NFL players. It was a study of 3,439 former players from 1959 – 1988 and of players who played at least 5 NFL seasons. Conducted by NIOSH which is a part of the Centers for Disease and Control. In general, NFL players live longer than general population.

  113. jsauce821 says: May 8, 2012 3:22 PM

    Merrill hodge just got owned on otl

  114. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 8, 2012 3:50 PM

    @thelastpieceofcheese –

    That is the dumbest thing I’ve read today, which is saying quite a lot because I’m following the Vikings stadium situation. I’m pretty sure all football players play the game on a voluntary basis. They are not being “submitted” to maiming, concussions, or early death. Apparently you believe that African-Americans are unable to make their own choices, which makes you the racist.

  115. kenny328usa says: May 8, 2012 3:53 PM

    And by the way I camre on here to rip Osi and then when I read the whole comment I agree with him. Please stop with the yellow journalism.

  116. steeelfann says: May 8, 2012 3:54 PM

    I hear all the same blather.

    Folks, it is about freedom to do what you want with YOUR LIFE. Quit relying on government officials, lawyers, insurance people to tell you how you MUST Live.

    It is a choice. Because of this stupid thinking (one reason I love visiting many foreign countries that use common sense), our kids have no diving boards at any places, trampolines are taken away from homes, any risks taken away to CLEAN and SANITIZE our lives.

    That ain’t life folks. It is your choice to do what you want to do. If you walk around at 55 seeing bats flying around, it was your choice. Nobody wants to talk about all the great things football provides.

    Bottom line, ya wanna play ball, play. If you end up like Daryl Stingly, it was your choice. You end up like any player, it was your choice. The money is huge and it is your call. There should not be one stupid lawsuit as everyone knows the risk. People have been getting concussed, injured, and paralyzed for many years. It is common sense knowledge.

    We cannot sue someone every time something bad happens. Sometimes bad things happen.

    I mean, who makes the call that it is worth it to get concussions or not? Who is the judge and jury? If I want to play and assume the risk, it is MY business, not a stupid politician. Not a lawyer.

    Live your life the way you choose. For those who want to whine about it, they should quit or not ever play. Go be an accountant. Go be an engineer. Go sell hotdogs. Whatever. You don’t have to play football. Nobody forces you in this country (yet).

  117. infectorman says: May 8, 2012 4:10 PM

    @steelfann says: Bottom line, ya wanna play ball, play. If you end up like Daryl Stingley, it was your choice.

    ***********

    How Darryl Stingley ended up was Jack-the scumbag Tatum’s – choice. What a degenerate- you cannot profer the idea that Darryl Stingley had a choice about Tatum’s absurdly illegal head-hunting playing style.

    Nice try though…

  118. jw5111 says: May 8, 2012 6:40 PM

    What happened to Stingley was a tragic accident, but taking cheap shots at Tatum us absurd. That is the way they played the game in the 70’s. Tatum played 100%all of the time, RIP #32!!!

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