New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara talks with Muscle magazine about training, nutrition, sobriety, virginity, and his faith.
Here are some excerpts from the Q&A:
When we spoke right after you entered the league, you said you had never been drunk in your life, and that you’ve actually never had a drop of alcohol. Is that still true?
A lot can happen in that time, but it is still true. I still haven’t had a drink. I told my fiancé that I’ll probably take my first drink at my bachelor party. I don’t know if I will, but…
Maybe you should wait til the wedding. If you do it at the bachelor party, that could get out of hand quickly.
[Laughs] I know. I still haven’t had one, though.
If you plan on having one, clearly you’re not against it. How is it that you’ve waited this long?
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. 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.
You said one of your nicknames is “the black Tim Tebow.”
[Laughs] Yeah, some people call me the black Tim Tebow.
Well, Tim Tebow famously said that he was a virgin. Are you? Are you open to talking about that?
Yeah, I am a virgin. I’m not ashamed to say that.
Another question people would ask from the outside is if you don’t drink and don’t have sex, how do you blow off some steam?
I still enjoy going out. I still enjoy dancing, and I get high off of everyone else’s high. If everyone is having a good time, that makes me have more fun, even though I don’t need everyone to be happy for me to be happy, if that makes sense.
Your name, Prince, is literal. You’re an actual prince. Can you explain that how that works?
My dad is a chief in a village in Nigeria and since I’m the first son, I get the title as prince. I think if I wanted to become a chief there, I would have to live there, so it would be whenever I’m ready.
Is that something you’d ever want to do?
As much as I love Nigeria, I really love America and most of my life is here, so I can’t see myself leaving the States. I’ve made my home here.
You say you recently got engaged. What’s the lucky lady’s name, and have you guys set a date for the wedding?
Her name is Pilar Davis. We want to do it the week after the Super Bowl.