Prince Amukamara was very happy after last night’s game. Not because the Giants won. Not because he played. Not even because he played, played well, and the Giants won. It was because it was the third game of the season and that means that, according to the unwritten laws of the locker room, he is no longer a rookie.
You’ll recall last month when we were all learning about the traditions and techniques of rookie hazing that many former and current players tried to explain that a player remains a rookie until the third game of his second year. I know. It was never clearly explained to me, either. That’s just what it is.
Anyway, Amukamara was thrilled to have graduated.
“I’m not a rookie anymore,” he announced to us in the locker room today. “So I’m excited about that.”
Ah, but there may be a catch!
“They said because I didn’t play a lot of games last year I still have more, but I think they understand that that was the third game so I’m clear,” Amukamara said.
So theoretically no more dunkings for Prince. Does he now become the dunker?
“I’m not huge on hazing so I probably will never do that or you’ll never hear about me doing that,” he said. “But, I mean, I watch.”
Tom Coughlin put an end to the practice, but there is a chance it could happen behind closed doors. Amukamara said he will not break it up if he sees other veterans trying to dunk a rookie into a tub the way he was, but he said it has nothing to do with any moral codes or ethical strengths. The biggest reason he said he would not interfere with a dunking?
“Because then I might get wet,” he said.
And that’s the first thing anyone has said on the subject that has some logic to it.