Former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who is now with the Atlanta Falcons, will be one of eight former student-athletes to be inducted into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 29th the school announced on Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to Umenyiora, Danny Cox (baseball), Mike Griffin (men's golf), Perry Griggs (football), Ted Horstead (football), Anthony Reed (men's basketball), Rick Rhoades (football) and Paul Word (men's basketball) will be inducted.
Troy offered the following excerpt on Umenyiora and his career/accomplishments:
Osi Umenyiora (Football) – One of the most feared defensive lineman in the National Football League, Osi Umenyiora has won a pair of Super Bowl titles and has twice been selected to the NFL Pro Bowl. An All-American following the 2002 season at Troy, Umenyiora was selected by the New York Giants in the second round (56th overall pick) in the 2003 NFL Draft.
The London, England, native's senior year at Troy was one of the best in school history as he finished second in the country with 15 sacks, a total which ranks tied for fifth best in a season in Troy history. Umenyiora recorded 20.5 tackles for loss during that 2002 season to establish a new single-season school record. The record held true for eight seasons until now Atlanta Falcons teammate Jonathan Massaquoi, finished the 2010 campaign with 21.5 tackles for loss. Umenyiora ranks second all-time in Troy history with 38.5 tackles for loss behind only DeMarcus Ware; he also ranks eighth in sacks and 16th in tackles. He holds the Troy single-game record after picking up four sacks against Florida A&M in 2002. Umenyiora's professional career has been just as successful as he led the NFC in sacks in 2005, was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in Oct. 2010, set the New York Giants record with six sacks in a game and holds the NFL record after forcing 10 fumbles in 2010.
An individual ticket for the ceremony costs $100, with tables costing $800. For more information on the event, ticketing and potential sponsorship, fans/businesses can contact the Troy Athletic Department at 334-670-3482.
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