NEW YORK (WFAN) — Bountygate. DUI arrests. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant allegedly assaulting his own mother.
Osi Umenyiora has had enough of his NFL colleagues making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Speaking at M&M’s World in Manhattan on Tuesday, the Giants defensive end offered a simple solution: WWTD?
That is, What Would Tebow Do?
“I know everybody likes to make fun of Tim Tebow, talk about him, but he sets an outstanding example,” Umenyiora said of the Jets backup quarterback, according to Newsday. “I think if more people would focus and try to be like him and carry themselves the way he does, I think this league could be better.”
Tebow, the squeaky-clean media darling, is well known for his strong Christian beliefs. His appearances on the holiday sermon circuit stand in stark contrast to what football fans have seen and read in the papers this offseason.
Giants offensive lineman David Diehl apologized last month after he was arrested on a DUI charge in Queens. More recently, Bryant was arrested on allegations of violence from his mother, and Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was charged with resisting arrest after an incident at a Houston nightclub. On Monday, the Detroit Lions cut defensive back Aaron Berry after his second arrest of the summer.
“I go to Nigeria for a week, and when i came back, HALF the NFL has been arrested,” Umenyiora tweeted on July 20. “What happened???”
According to the New York Daily News, 31 NFL players were arrested this offseason.
“For the life of me, I can’t understand it,” said Umenyiora. “It’s just ridiculous. People need to be more focused and more grateful for what it is that they have. Coming from where I came from and seeing what I saw, all that poverty, people who have nothing, they would cut off both their legs to be given the opportunity that these people have. To be messing around like that is real unfortunate.”
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