In this era of professional athletes as bad actors and bad role models, NY Giants’ cornerback, Prince Amukamara, like Tim Tebow, shines forth as a man of character.
Earlier today Amukamara sat down with Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson and was open about his stand as a Christian who abstained from extra-marital intimacies and alcohol.
Prince talked to Muscle and Fitness Magazine:
Q: 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?
PA: 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…
Q: Maybe you should wait til the wedding. If you do it at the bachelor party, that could get out of hand quickly.
PA: [Laughs] I know. I still haven’t had one, though.
Q: If you plan on having one, clearly you’re not against it. How is it that you’ve waited this long?
PA: 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.
Q: Your name, Prince, is literal. You’re an actual prince. Can you explain that how that works?
PA: 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.
Q: Is that something you’d ever want to do?
PA: 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.
Prince told Gretchen he wanted to be known as a Christian who just happens to play football.
America could use more men of character in the NFL. Men who consider following Jesus and saving sex for marriage to be good things.
Prince Amukamara, well done.