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“"We don't want to alienate the fans. We don't want to make them think that we're just a bunch of greedy people walking around. But at the end of the day we still must do what we have to do," Umenyiora said. Bills safety Wilson said Thursday night's gesture "gladiator-like, almost." "When I saw it, it sent chills down my body," Wilson said. "It was a true acknowledgment from one team to an opponent: 'Yeah, we're about to embark on 60 minutes of hell, of physical competition, aggression and passion, but before we do that, we're one team, one locker room.' " Wilson said the impact reached its intended target. "I guarantee without a shadow of a doubt, every owner had a conversation about what they saw and what it means moving forward," Wilson said. "Our players are together. Even though we're playing football, we're businessmen and family men. Even though we're about to go into he heat of battle, we're conscious of everything that's going on around our game right now and the lockout that's looming." Dolphins backup quarterback Chad Pennington said teams should decide for themselves whether they want to duplicate the display. "I think it should go team by team," Pennington said. "If they think it's necessary and they feel they want to do it, then why not? Shoot, unfortunately, it's the position we're in. It's a gesture of unity and believing in the same thing and standing for a common goal. I don't really see a problem with it." Information from ESPN.com's Tim Graham, Matt Mosley, Paul Kuharsky and ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus was used in this report.
We don't want to alienate the fans. We don't want to make them think that we're just a bunch of greedy people walking around. But at the end of the day we still must do what we have to do.” -- Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora