New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara is here to let Tim Tebow know that he is not alone. Tebow may seem like the only NFL player (or, should we say, former NFL player) who is an admitted virgin, but Amukamara revealed in a recent interview with Muscle & Fitness Magazine that he is also saving himself for marriage.
“Some people call me the black Tim Tebow,” Amukamara said. “Yeah, I am a virgin. I’m not ashamed to say that.”
Like Tebow, Amukamara is a devout Catholic. He is engaged and is planning to get married this winter. In addition to being a virgin, the 24-year-old also said he has never tasted a sip of alcohol in his life.
“I grew up Catholic, so it just started out as one of those things,” he said. “I’d think, ‘If I do this, maybe I can get to heaven,’ so I said no drinks, no sex, all the big things. As I grew up, I realized that’s not what it’s about. It’s about having a relationship with Jesus. It’s not about ‘Don’t do this. Don’t do that.’ But still, it’s just one of those things I haven’t done, and I don’t see any benefit to doing it. You’re always reading about people getting DUIs. So many bad things that happen and wind up in the paper are alcohol-related, so by not drinking, it saves me, my team, and my family a lot of trouble.”
It should be noted that plenty of players drink responsibly and manage to not put themselves or their teams in jeopardy, but Amukamara has a point. With all the idiotic things we have seen football players do because of alcohol, staying away from it is probably wise. However, Prince has not ruled out getting his drink on at his bachelor party.
“I told my fiancé that I’ll probably take my first drink at my bachelor party,” he said. “I don’t know if I will.”
As someone who has never touched a drink or had sex before, Amukamara is different from most of his Giants teammates. Maybe that helps explain why they were still dunking him in a cold tub in his second year in the league. It doesn’t excuse it, but it might help explain it.