Osi Umenyiora Bio: Career, Relationship & Net Worth

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Osi Umenyiora is a famous American football player from the United States of America who is most notable for his American football.

One of many former Trojans to convert into wildly popular professional players, Osi Umenyiora was a key piece of Troy teams that began the Trojans’ Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history.

An All-American, Umenyiora first rewrote the Troy defensive record books after his senior season in 2002 and then did the same in the National Football League. What’s unbelievable is the young age at which he did it.

Osi Umenyiora, Athlete
Osi Umenyiora for NY Giants

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Quick Facts:

Full Name Osi Umenyiora
Birth Date Nov 16, 1981
Birth Place London, England
Nick Name Osi
Religion N/A
Nationality English Born Nigerian
Ethnicity Black
Education Auburn, Troy
Horoscope Scorpio
Father’s Name John Umenyiora
Mother’s Name Chinelo Chukwueke
Siblings Five Brothers and Sisters
Age 42 Years Old
Height 6 Feet 3 Inches
Weight 225lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Build Athletic
Profession American Football Player, Anchor
Current Team None
Position Defenseman/ Outside Line Backer
Jersey number #72(New York Giants), #50(Atlanta Falcons)
Active Years Not Active
Marital Status Married
Wife Leila Lopes
Kids One
Net Worth $7 million
Social Media Twitter
Merch Posters, Autograph, Trading Cards, Bobblehead
Last Update July, 2024

Osi Umenyiora | Early Life, Education

Umenyiora was born to Nigerian parents in Golders Green, London. OSI is of Igbo descent, a native of Ogbunike town in Nigeria’s Anambra State Local Government Area of Oyi.

His full first name means “from today on; things will be fine” in Igbo. Umenyiora’s family migrated to Nigeria from London when he was seven years old.

Umenyiora moved to Auburn, Alabama, at 14 years of age, to live with his sister and seek a better education.

Osi on-field analysis
Osi on-field analysis

He was a sixteen-year-old senior at Auburn High School, where Umenyiora played high school football for just two years.

Umenyiora was a high school friend and teammate with fellow future NFL defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware.

Osi Umenyiora | Siblings, Age, Height, And Weight

Osi Umenyiora was born in England on 16 November 1981. Hence, he is 42 years as of 2024.

He’s a celebrated football player in the US. He graduated from Troy University High School in Auburn. Leila Lopes (m. 2015) is his fiancee.

Osi Umenyiora has five brothers and sisters: Nicole Chikwe, Okwudili Umenyiora, Ijeoma Umenyiora, Nkem Umenyiora, and Ejimofor Umenyiora. He stands at a height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m).

Osi Umenyiora | Football Career

Ositadimma “Osi” Umenyiora, who played in the NFL, is an English-born Nigerian sports analyst and former American Football defensive end.

Osi Played college football for Troy University and was selected in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

Osi was a Pro Bowl selection twice and held the franchise record for most sacks in one game for the Giants.

Joining Marvin Allen, Scott McCready, and former Giants teammates Lawrence Tynes, and Jay Ajayi, he is one of five British-born players to win a Super Bowl.

College Career

For the Troy State Trojans, Umenyiora played college football, the only school to give him an athletic scholarship. At Troy, Umenyiora was switched from nose guard to defensive end.

In 2002, in a single season (20.5) and sacks in a single game (four against Florida A&M), he set school records in tackles for loss. 

Osi finished with 15 sacks in the 2002 season, the second-most in NCAA Division I. In 2014, Osi was inducted into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame.

Career With New York Giants, Injury And Surgery

Umenyiora was drafted out of Troy University by the New York Giants in the 2nd round (56th selection overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

In 2005, even though it was his first year as a starter, he established himself as a premier pass rusher.  In 2007, by recording six sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles, he set a Giants franchise record.

  It was around Super Bowl XLII, the Giants had a surprise win over the New England Patriots, partially because of their quick pass rush.

Osi Umenyiora Rookie Card
Osi Umenyiora Autograph Rookie Card

On 13 October 2008, Umenyiora joined ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew. In 2010, he was named the October NFC Defensive Player of the Month.

After suffering an injury, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in 2011 and was scheduled to miss the season opener on 11 September against the Washington Redskins. 

Perhaps Osi reported that after the 2010 season, general manager Jerry Reese agreed to renegotiate his deal but failed to do so.

For the 2010 NFL season, he was selected to the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Star team.

Osi Umenyiora | Career Stats

  Tackles Fumbles
Year G GS Total Solo Sck Sfty FF FR
Total 129 92 376 261 85 0 35 13

Osi Umenyiora | Quotes

  • I don’t think we’re ever lacking in confidence because of what we’ve done all season. Now we need to just get back there and cause some havoc again.
  • It was supposedly their home game, but we just played like it was our home game.
  • Absolutely. I don’t see why not. Whoever we play, they know they’ll be in for a battle. It doesn’t matter who they are. The sooner everybody recognizes that the better off everyone will be.
  • I guess we’re going to try to keep on doing what we’ve been doing. They said it about Deuce last week, but we did a pretty good job on him. Hopefully, we can do it again.
  • It’s all on us. We have to win. Whatever it takes.
  • Pittsburgh’s going to win, and I think it’s going to be pretty bad. I think Pittsburgh might win by 10 or 14 points. Seattle’s a good football team, but I just don’t think they’ll be able to match up.

Osi Umenyiora | Media and TV Career

After finally retiring in 2015, he joined BBC Sport as a pundit focusing on the London and Super Bowl NFL International Series matches for their NFL coverage.

He partnered with Mark Chapman, Jason Bell, Nat Coombs, and Mike Carlson, host of Match of the Day 2, and their coverage has received rave reviews from NFL fans in the UK.

He also works on the weekly highlights of the BBC’s NFL (The NFL Show / NFL This Week) every week of the season.

Being one of the best, his pundit work in 2017 and 2019 was honored with two Royal Television Society Excellence Awards for Best Sports Analyst, Commentator, or Pundit (he was also on the three-person shortlist in 2018[30]) and the British Sports Pundit of the Year 2018 Sports Journalists Association.

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Additional Information

On 27 March 2013, Umenyiora signed a two-year contract worth $8.55 million with the Atlanta Falcons.

He finally retired from professional football as a New York Giant on 26 August 2015, having signed a one-day contract.

Osi Umenyiora | Movies and TV

Title Year Status Character
The NFL Show 2016-2017 TV Series As Himself
Breakfast 2017 TV Series As Himself – Guest
Mike & Mike 2010-2012 TV Series He Was seen as

Himself – Guest / Himself – New York Giants Defensive End / Himself – Telephone Interviewee

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series As Himself – Guest
Rome Is Burning 2011 TV Series As Himself – Guest / New York Giants Defensive End
VH1 Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash 2009 TV Special As Himself
NFL Monday Night Football 2007-2009 TV Series As Himself – New York Giants Defensive End
NBC Sunday Night Football 2007-2009 TV Series Himself – New York Giants Defensive End
World’s Dumbest 2009 TV Series As Himself
NFL Films Presents 2006 TV Series documentary As Himself
Quite Frankly, with Stephen A. Smith 2006 TV Series Himself
ESPN’s Sunday Night Football 2005 TV Series As Himself – New York Giants Defensive End
The NFL on CBS 2005 TV Series As Himself – New York Giants Defensive End
NFL on FOX 2004-2005 TV Series As Himself – New York Giants Defensive End

Osi Umenyiora | Relationship & Marriage 

Umenyiora was formerly based in Cleveland, New Jersey, Georgia, and Edgewater. He made a cameo appearance in The-Dream’s music video “I Luv Your Girl” in 2008.

With his wife.
With his wife.

Surprisingly Osi was engaged to Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes, in February 2013. They married in Luanda, Angola, the bride’s home country, on 29 May 2015, and he speaks some Portuguese. 

They revealed in February 2018 that Lopes was pregnant with their first child.

Wife: Leila Lopes

Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira The Angolan actress, TV host, model, and beauty queen Lopes Umenyiora won Miss Angola UK 2010, Miss Angola 2010, and Miss Universe 2011.

She was engaged to former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora in Monaco in February 2013. On 30 May 2015, they got married.

They revealed in February 2018 that Lopes was pregnant with their first child. Their son was born later that year.

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Early Life Of Leila

Lopes was born in Benguela, Benguela Province, Angola, on 26 February 1986. She studied business administration at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich, England, before becoming a contestant in beauty pageants. 

Lopes is actively interested in raising awareness of HIV / AIDS and the prejudice faced by people with the illness.

Facts On Leila

  1. On 18 December 2010, Lopes beat 20 more candidates to be named Miss Angola in Luanda, earning her the opportunity to represent Angola in Miss Universe 2011.
  2. During the competition, she also won the Photogenic Trophy.
  3. Lopes has been crowned Miss Universe in São Paulo, Brazil, on 12 September 2011 and was awarded the title by former Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.
  4. She is the 60th titleholder of Miss Universe at the moment and is the first Angolan woman to hold the role.
  5. Since the start of the global pageant, Lopes is the seventh woman of African descent to win the crown.
  6. Lopes paid a visit to Indonesia in October 2011, where she attended local charity activities at the Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, and Puteri Indonesia 2011 Pageant.
  7. Lopes visited Johannesburg, South Africa, in February 2012.
  8.  On arrival, Miss South Africa 2011 greeted Melinda Bam at a glittering red carpet event in Sun City.
  9. In support of Joburg Fashion Week 2012, scheduled to take place the following month, Lopes also attended a launch event for African Fashion International on 16 February during her visit.
  10. She also visited one of the charities funded by Melinda Bam-Thuthuzela, an NGO in Alexandra Township that looks after abandoned and orphaned children.
  11. On 17 February, at North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, Lopes also attended the State of the Province Address by the Honourable Thandi Modise, Premier of the North-West.

Osi Umenyiora | Net Worth & Salary

The approximate Net Worth, Wages, Profits, Vehicles, Lifestyles & many more details of Osi Umenyiora have been listed below. Let’s see, how rich is Osi Umenyiora as of 2024?

Osi Umenyiora has an approximate net worth of $7 million at the age of 38 in 2024, according to Forbes, Wikipedia, IMDB, and other reliable online outlets.

As an American football player from England, he earned much of his money from his thriving career. He likely makes money from other sources that have not been found.

Social Media Presence:

Osi Umenyiora is a well-known name in the football world. He most certainly is connected to his fans. He is most active on Twitter, and we can find a lot of videos on YouTube.

The link to his Twitter is http://www.twitter.com/osiumenyiora, where we can find Osi-related posts with his Hashtag on Instagram as well. Even though Osi is not on Instagram, we found Leila.

Some FAQs:

Why did Osi Umenyiora fire his agent?

Umenyiora fired his agent Tony Agnone in 2012 when he was unable to get Osi a contract extension with the Giants or have him committed to any other teams.
Before the two departed their ways, Agnone had represented the NFL player for five years.
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