New York's Umenyiora wants to see more games in London

Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:23pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

GLENDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Two-times All-Pro defensive tackle Osi Umenyiora is keen to see the New York Giants make a return trip to London.

The NFC champions edged the Miami Dolphins 13-10 last October on a rainy day at London's Wembley Stadium in the first regular season NFL game played outside North America.

Following the success of that trip, British-born Umenyiora told reporters on Tuesday that he could not understand why other NFL teams were reluctant to make the trans-Atlantic journey.

"I don't understand it, to be honest with you," he said.

"A lot of those players have never left Dallas, or the confines of where they were born. They should go to London and have an experience like that.

"It didn't hurt us. I don't understand what the big deal is about."

Many teams are squeamish about making the trip during the regular season because, they believe, the time change would disrupt their preparations for the following week's game.

The 26-year-old Umenyiora believes the success of this year's Giants team belies that argument.   Continued...

<p>New York Giants' defensive-end Osi Umenyiora (72) celebrates during the fourth quarter of his team's NFL game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, New York December 23, 2007. Two-times All-Pro defensive tackle Umenyiora is keen to see the New York Giants make a return trip to London. REUTERS/Gary Wiepert</p>