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.
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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