FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Osi Umenyiora, one of the NFL's most feared pass-rushers of the last 10 years, has met few obstacles that can stop him.
However, as he contemplated a number change in recent days, Umenyiora ran into a surprising one the-not-so-glorious history of the Atlanta Falcons.
He wore No. 90 for the first few months with the team but said "his folks didnt like 90 on me." His first two choices were 58 and 57.
But then he learned those had been taken out of circulation by the club, which has only played in one Super Bowl and endured years of being cellar-dwellers in the 1970s and 80s.
(For his first 10 seasons in the NFL, Umenyiora wore No. 72 with the New York Giants. However, after he signed with the Falcons, that number was occupied by veteran left tackle Sam Baker, who enters his sixth season.)
So when Umenyiora inquired about No. 58, he learned it had been worn by linebacker Jessie Tuggle. His third option was No. 57, which was worn by longtime center Jeff Van N...