New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara says he’s known as the ‘black Tim Tebow’

Eric Edholm

Tim Tebow hasn't worn an NFL jersey since the final week of the preseason, but his spirit lives on in the league. And apparently, any religious player — white, black, or otherwise — will be compared to Tebow from here on out.

New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara hasn't been shy about his celibacy and the fact that he doesn't drink alcohol. As a result, he tells Muscle and Fitness magazine that he sometimes gets compared to Tebow:

"Yeah, some people call me the black Tim Tebow. ...

"Yeah, I am a virgin. I’m not ashamed to say that."

Good for Amukamara. This is far from an easy thing to open up about, especially in a testosterone-fueled NFL that's prone to emasculating those who show certain qualities.

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Amukamara is also one of the better young corners in the league, engaged to a very attractive woman and he has put behind him a few unfortunate incidents, such as teammate Jason Pierre-Paul throwing him in an ice bath last year.

But in the interview, Amukamara said the blame should go beyond Pierre-Paul.

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The whole cold tub thing wasn’t just JPP, it was like eight guys. And it definitely was not anything personal. That wasn’t the first time I was in the cold tub, it was just the first time anyone saw it. And what the video doesn’t show is what happened 15-20 seconds after that, which is all of us messing around. JPP is great. I just saw him this morning and he was congratulating me on my engagement because I just engaged this past Friday. So there’s no hard feelings. It wasn’t a personal situation.

Amukamara went on to say that Giants teammates Corey Webster and Aaron Ross actually helped him meet his fiancée by — pro tip, fellas — asking for her email address instead of her number. Non-threatening approach. Smart stuff.

So what does this have to do with Tebow? Little, honestly. We just couldn't help but share this eye-catching quote and interesting interview with a player who apparently is as close to Tebow as we're going to get in the NFL anytime soon.

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