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Umenyiora and Ware's friendship, competitiveness in playoff spotlight

Osi Umenyiora and DeMarcus Ware grew up as close friends and teammates in high school and college in Alabama. Next month, they're Pro Bowl teammates. But Sunday, they're playoff rivals, writes Greg Garber.

Originally Published: January 12, 2008
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

IRVING, Texas -- On Sunday afternoon, they will cross the field at Texas Stadium and, with great emotion, hug each other. And then, as is their custom, New York Giants lineman Osi Umenyiora and his Dallas Cowboys counterpart DeMarcus Ware will engage in small talk as they leisurely stretch.

"We'll laugh [about] how we can't believe we are here," Umenyiora said Wednesday at Giants Stadium. "If you see where we came from and the paths we took to get here, for us to both be known as ...

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