EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The first time Osi Umenyiora and Matt Light came to blows was in the Giants and Patriots’ 2007 regular-season finale. The never thought they’d see each other again a month later in Super Bowl XLII, but when they did, Uymenyiora couldn’t bite his tongue. He called Light a dirty player,
and said when they saw each other again they were “really going to go at it.”
Fast forward four years.
Umenyiora and Light got into another scrap when the Giants came to Foxborough in November, and now with the two rivals set to meet each other again in the Super Bowl, Uymenyiora said there’s no reason not to expect sparks to fly again.
“I don’t know what it is but it’s something he does that really gets under my skin,” Umenyiora said.
The strange part about it is that the 6-foot-3-inch 255 pound Umenyiora doesn’t consider himself much of a brawler. In fact, no one does.
“It’s kind of funny because Osi isn’t a fighter whatsoever,” said fellow defensive lineman Justin Tuck, who called it the battle of the 72s since both players wear the same number. “I have a very vivid memory of both [fights]. We give him flack about it. I say Light beat him up.”
If another confrontation comes, Umenyiora joked that his Giants would actually reap the benefit.
“He’s more important to his team than I am to mine,” said Umenyiora, whose nine sacks were second on the team this season. “So us fighting and getting kicked out, Tuck and [Jason Pierre-Paul] can have a field day.”