That player may well be New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, who teammates refer to as “Black Tim Tebow” due to his continued celibacy, refusal to drink alcohol, and strong ties to his religion and spirituality.
“Yeah, some people call me the Black Tim Tebow,” Amukamara admitted, adding: “Yeah, I am a virgin. I'm not ashamed to say that.”
Amukamara went on to discuss how his faith has always played an important role from early on in his life.
“I grew up Catholic, so it just started out as one of those things. I’d think, ‘If I do this, maybe I can get to heaven,’ so I said no drinks, no sex, all the big things, Amukamara told Muscle and Fitness in an interview. “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.”
Amukamara also commented that by not drinking, it saves himself, his family, and his team a lot of trouble. Considering the off-field issues the NFL has seen this past off-season, ranging from speeding tickets to murder, hearing about players with a great deal of maturity and a strong sense of faith and values is a breath of fresh air.
While “Black Tim Tebow” may be a proper nickname for Amukamara off the field, it doesn’t do justice to his talent when playing the game he loves. The former first-round pick out of Nebraska is arguably the Giants’ top cornerback and has Pro Bowl-level talent. Perhaps he should instead be referred to as “More effective than Tim Tebow.”
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