It’s probably the most famous pre-Super Bowl breakfast speech in Giants’ history.
Allow defensive end Osi Umenyiora to explain:
“Michael Strahan was just talking and being loud, his usual self [on the day of Super Bowl XLII]. I’m usually the one that’s joking around, but I was dead serious that morning, and I was like ‘Stra, in order for us to win this game, we’re gonna have to get to the quarterback, we’re gonna have to really get to him,’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah, whatever,’”
“I made him put his fork down, and I’m like, ‘I’m dead serious, we’re gonna have to do this, and he’s like, ‘All right, cool.’ And he stopped joking around then and he was all business. And we went out there and took care of it.”
In their 17-14 upset victory, the Giants sacked Patriots quarterback Tom Brady five times. Strahan had two.
“Everyone was talking about tom and their offense and how great they were,” Umenyiora said. “And they were, they were an absolutely great football team. But I just knew that in order for us to win, we were gonna have to get to him no matter what, and that was our mindset going into the game.”
Umenyiora said the team was “very, very angry” going into the game.
“Nobody game us a shot. It was like all the things we had done, all the battles we had fought leading up to that point, it was just like whatever these guys are gonna go out there and get smashed around. We were very angry going into that football game,” he said.
And this season?
“We’re not a big underdog, but we’re an underdog nonetheless,” Umenyiora said. “They’re a great football team, and most people picking this game are gonna say they’re gonna win, but we know at the end of the day that we’re gonna have to get to him as often as we can if we’re gonna win this football game, and that’s exactly what we plan on doing.”
Any breakfast speech coming?
“I don’t think i’ll have to say anything at this point,” he said. “I think everybody knows what’s at stake here and exactly what we have to do. There’s no secret with what we have to do to attack this offense.”
Apply pressure, pressure and more pressure on Brady.
“He is great with quick throws, short routes and getting the ball out of his hands real quick,” Umenyiora said. “But with any QB, if you put him under that kind of pressure, his performance is gonna be effected.”
On Feb. 5, opportunity beckons for Umenyiora and the rest of the team.
“I don’t think anybody thought we were gonna be in this position, but we are, and we’re gonna try our best to take full advantage of it,” he said.