Aren't Ya Glad Osi's Around? (UPDATED)

For all the buzz and criticism Osi Umenyiora drew in the offseason, he's making up for it now. And the league has recognized that by awarding him the NFC Defensive Player of the Month award for October.

Osi Umenyiora made plenty of noise in the offseason about wanting to be traded if he didn't get his starting job back.

Well, the defensive end is making plenty of noise now, too, only the positive kind. Because of his outstanding play in October, he was voted the league's NFC Defensive Player of the Month, becoming only the sixth Giant to be honored in such a fashion since they started giving the award in 1986. He's the first to win in since Michael Strahan did it in October 2001, the year he set the single-season sack record with 22 1/2.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said, "I think that the guy has put his hard hat on and just came to practice mentally fit, he's been physically fit and he's just showing the talent that he has as a football player and I'm loving it."

Umenyiora was honored for his seven sacks and six forced fumbles in October's four games. He also had 18 tackles.

"It's a team thing," Umenyiora said. "It's a defensive team award and I don't think I did anything special. I think the DBs did a very good job of covering, and everyone else did a really good job of playing the run. I was just in the position to make those plays. The coaches and the other players put me there, so thanks to them."

Umenyiora joins Lawrence Taylor, who was honored twice, DB Jason Sehorn, LB Jessie Armstead, and Strahan as the only Giants so honored. Eli Manning was the last Giant to win a Player of the Month award, as he was named on offense in November of 2008.

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