NYPost Have you noticed a difference in Prince Amukamara this season? The Giants cornerback is starting to live up to his potential as a first-round pick in his fourth year in the league. Antrel Rolle has an explanation. “There are a lot of things different about Prince,” Rolle told NJ.com about Amukamara, a devout Christian who was married earlier this year. “For one, he’s married, so he’s [enjoying some things that he wasn’t experiencing before he was married]. For a man, that could definitely help him out. For a man … I’m just being honest … it’s helping him out. He walks around with a little more swagger, which is something that we need, which is something that we love.” Amukamara had been hailed as the “Black Tim Tebow” by his teammates because of his faith and virginity. Amukamara, 25, explained how he found his faith in an interview with Muscle & Fitness last year. “I grew up Catholic, so it just started out as one of those things,” Amukamara told the magazine. “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.” Amukamara met his wife, Pilar Davis, at a New York City nightclub three years ago after being spurred on by then-teammates Corey Webster and Aaron Ross. “I think it all ties into one another, as far as him getting married, being able to [have sex],” Rolle said. “He’s just developing more as a man and accepting challenges and being the dominant player that we need him to be that we know he’s capable of.” Amukamara has two interceptions, seven passes defensed and 25 tackles through four games.
One of the early breakout stars of the 2014 NFL season has been New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, who had a disappointing start to his career after Giants invested the nineteenth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on him, but his excellent play this season has given the team a huge boost. Amukamara finally seems to get it, he is playing with an incredible amount of confidence and swagger this season, which teammate Antrel Rolle attributes to Amukamara finally losing his virginity and becoming a man. Whatever the cause, Amukamara is becoming a star player in New York, and he finally looks like a first round pick on the field. While Amukamara had early confidence issues, the Giants organization has always shown confidence in him, and standing by a first round pick that others considered a bust is paying off for the organization in 2014.