Former Giant Osi Umenyiora shows love to Jason Pierre-Paul before Super Bowl LV: 'You know what to do!'

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Osi Umenyiora/Jason Pierre-Paul
Osi Umenyiora/Jason Pierre-Paul

In just his second season in the NFL, Jason Pierre-Paul was a part of one of the most dominant defensive lines in football, working alongside guys like Justin Tuck, Chris Canty, and a man who just wanted to wish him luck during his Media Day availability on Monday -- Osi Umenyiora.

"You know what to do! Go get em!" Umenyiora cheerfully said on Zoom to Pierre-Paul, who loved every second of it.

He may not be a Giant anymore after GM Dave Gettleman traded him to the Bucs back in 2018, but JPP and Umenyiora still stay in contact.

"I talked to Osi recently, I think after the day after the Green Bay game," Pierre-Paul said. "He basically called me saying he’s proud of me that I’m still going like, ‘JPP, bro you’re still going.’ Other guys called me too.”

Pierre-Paul added "ain't nobody like Osi" on the Bucs, saying that his former teammate was truly one of a kind on the line.

"What I remember about that front seven was we was relentless," JPP said about the Giants' Super Bowl XVI crew. "No guys cared about the other team, which Tom Brady was on at the same time. We just wanted to play some great football.”

That 2011-12 season saw the Giants defeat the New England Patriots yet again in the big game, with Pierre-Paul -- a recent first-rounder out of USF -- playing a pivotal role in keeping Brady in check. Now, Brady just so happens to be JPP's teammate, bringing things full circle.

Pierre-Paul says he specifically remembers the final rush at Brady when a Hail Mary was the only way the Patriots were going to win.

“I remember about that Super Bowl me trying to get to Brady on the last throw," he explained. "Trying to knock the ball out of his hand before he got it off in the air and us winning."

Now JPP is trying to make more memorable Super Bowl moments, and this time his task is getting a much more mobile quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, on the ground throughout the 60 minutes. It'll be a tough job, but Umenyiora is rooting him on to collect his second ring.