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Prince Amukamara to magazine on his sobriety and virginity: 'Some people call me the black Tim Tebow'

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara practices during training camp.

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara practices during training camp. (July 27, 2013) Credit: James Escher

Prince Amukamara is engaged and is planning to get married in mid-February, right after the Super Bowl. It turns out that will be a bigger deal than we knew.

In an interview with Muscle & Fitness Magazine, which named him to its 2013 All-Stregth Team, the Giants’ starting cornerback talks about how he has never even had a sip of alcohol in his life and proudly proclaims himself to be a virgin.

“Some people call me the black Tim Tebow,” Amukamara said. “Yeah, I am a virgin. I’m not ashamed to say that.”

Amukamara explained why he has not partaken in either pursuit.

“I grew up Catholic, so it just started out as one of those things,” he said. “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.”

That doesn’t mean Amukamara will never do them.

“I told my fiancé that I’ll probably take my first drink at my bachelor party,” Amukamara said. “I don’t know if I will.”

So what does a rich and famous 24-year-old football player do to relax if he’s not, you know?

“I still enjoy going out,” he said. “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.”

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