Osi Umenyiora is rooting for the Atlanta Falcons in ‘Super Bowl LI’

Longtime New York Giants’ defensive end Osi Umenyiora will be rooting for his former team, the Atlanta Falcons, in Super Bowl LI.

New York Giants’ Ring of Honor member Osi Umenyiora, who finished his playing career with the Atlanta Falcons 2014, is pulling for his former squad in Super Bowl LI.

“I’m 100 percent rooting for the Falcons,” Umenyiora told Michael Eisen of Giants.com. “It’s a great organization, starting with (owner) Arthur Blank all the way down to (assistant general manager) Scott Pioli. I know them all. I actually know more people on the Falcons than I do on the Giants. All the people I played with (on the Giants) are gone. I know more of these guys, and I’m happy that they’re here.”

Atlanta will square off against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the battle for the Lombardi Trophy. The Falcons will attempt to prevent Brady from capturing his fifth Super Bowl victory.

Umenyiora was a big part of denying Brady two championship rings during his 10-year tenure with New York. The Giants’ fearsome pass rush consistently harassed the future Hall of Fame quarterback en route to the franchise’s third and fourth titles. Umenyiora notched a combined three quarterback hits and five tackles in the two games.

The London-born Umenyiora will serve as an analyst for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Super Bowl LI live coverage team. He will be joined on the air by fellow former New York Giant, safety Jason Bell.

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