The black Tim Tebow: Prince Amukamara embraces nickname with pious lifestyle

Photo: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Photo: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

There is no doubt that Tim Tebow’s decision to wear his religion – and virginity – on his sleeve has made him a lightening rod for attention, both positive and negative. That being said, there is nothing wrong with being equated to “The Chosen One” in terms of moral fiber.

In an interview with Muscle & Fitness magazine, New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara admitted the comparisons have been made – both because of his strong belief in Catholicism, as well as his admission that the 24-year old is still a virgin. In fact, not only have parallels been drawn, but some people have even gone so far as to call the former Nebraska standout the “black Tim Tebow.”

“I grew up Catholic, so it just started out as one of those things. I’d think, ‘If I do this, maybe I can go 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.”

Aside from the virginity thing, Amukamara takes unbelievable care of his body. He mentions not drinking alcohol, but he doesn’t drink soda, either. Or bacon (what??). He boasts an impressive 7.8 percent body fat.

Born in Leominster, Mass., to parents of Nigerian descent, he also has five sisters, all with really wild names like his: Princess, Precious, Promise, Peace and Passionate.

What’s more, it looks like those looking to Tebow to provide a great NFL role model will be able to instead look to Prince for years to come. No offense to the former Florida Gators superstar, but Tebow’s days in the league are on life support. Prince, selected at No. 19 in the 2011 draft, has already appeared in 22 games for New York. He boasts two interceptions and 12 passes defended in that time.

[H/T: Bleacher Report]