Get to know Prince Amukamara
With the 19th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft the Giants took cornerback Prince Amukamara. Get to know the Giants rookie with these facts.
Compiled by Matt Saur
Prior to attending the 2011 draft at Radio City Music Hall and being selected by the Giants, Amukamara had never been to New York.
While Amukamara might play one of the most violent sports in America, his favorite movie isn’t so intimidating: “The Notebook.”
The Giants don’t need to worry about Amukamara getting into too much trouble off the field. Prince doesn’t drink alcohol.
Amukamara has likened his story to Eddie Murphy’s character in “Coming to America” for his royal background. But Amukamara was born in Massachusetts, lived in Jersey City for a bit and then grew up in Glendale, Ariz.
A commitment to Nebraska led Amukamara to shift from his high school position, running back, over to cornerback. He nearly transferred after his freshman year, he said. Why? Well, as a high school senior, Amukamara rushed for 2,106 yards and scored 24 touchdowns.
Jerry Rice was Amukamara’s favorite player growing up because of how hard he trained.
While his grandfather had 56 wives, Amukamara plans to have just one.
Amukamara is of Nigerian royal decent. His grandfather is chief of Awo-Omamma in the Imo state of Nigeria, and Prince’s name is derived from his place in the royal line. He could one day become chief.
Prince is Romanus and Christy Amukamara’s only son. He does, however, have five sisters: Princess, Promise, Peace, Precious and Passionate.
One of Amukamara’s greatest assets is his speed, for which he can probably thank his mother, Christy. She participated in the 1984 Olympics for the Nigerian track and field team.