Only a few men can boast of being chaste before marriage and also have control over alcohol in this generation. For the Nigerian Prince and professional American footballer, Prince Amukamara, he attained such perfection at ease. He is a devout Christian and has shown example both to his teammates and the world at large.
Prince currently plays as a cornerback for the Chicago Bears in the NFL but was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. With a Superbowl to his name, this is everything else you should know about him.
Who Was Prince Amukamara as a Student-Athlete?
During his days at Apollo High School, he was active in so many sports. He played six games throughout the 2006 season and as a running back, he recorded 2,106 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns while as a defensive back, he recorded 95 tackles and two interceptions.
That year, Scout.com named him to the Arizona All-state team. Listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was also selected as the 11th best prospect from in the whole of Arizona. With an excellent record at high school, he got a lot of offers from different schools including Colorado, Nebraska, Fresno, Nevada, Oregon, UNLV and UTEP.
After much deliberations, Prince decided to commit to the University of Nebraska. As a freshman, he finished with four tackles in 8 games. He played with grace the following season and played in all 13 games finishing with 34 tackles.
As a junior, he played as a starter at cornerback for the team and rounded up the 2009 season with 5 interceptions, 11 pass- breakups, 64 tackles, and 2 sacks while earning the first team All-big 12 selection. He recorded 59 tackles and a sack as a senior and was named the All-American, and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Prince balanced his sports life and his classes, and he was amongst the intelligent ones in his class. He graduated with a degree in sociology sometime in December 2010 majoring in political science.
His NFL Career & Life Achievements
Prince was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft as the 19th overall. He sealed the deal with the Giants in a four-year contract worth $8.18 million and started out his regular season in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles where he finished the game with season-high 5 solo tackles, 2 pass deflections, and intercepted a pass.
In a game against the Dallas Cowboys, he recorded 4 solo tackles leading to a 37-34 win. By the end of his rookie season, Prince in 7 games recorded fourteen combined tackles, 3 pass deflections, and an interception.
The cornerback performed excellently during his postseason, he recorded 2 combined tackles in a win against the Atlanta Falcons. His team kept on wins throughout the season and later became the Super Bowl XLVI champions.
Prince contract with the Giants expired in 2015 and in March 2016, he sealed a one-year extension deal worth $5.5 Million including a $3 million guaranteed and a signing bonus $1.5 million with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He started the season with the team in a game against the Packers and recorded 2 combined interceptions alongside a tackle and pass deflection. The footballer couldn’t play for the rest of the season because he suffered from a hamstring injury.
The following year, Prince signed a one year contract with the Chicago Bears worth $7 million, a $3.5 million bonus included. As a result of an ankle injury, he missed his pre-season with the team. He resumed sometime in October in a game against the Minnesota Vikings and recorded 4 solo tackles. The Chicago Bears in March 2018, renewed a three-year contract worth $27 million with the cornerback.
Family (Parents and Siblings)
Prince was born into a Nigerian family as Prince Kelechi Amukamara on 6 June 1989 and his parents are Romanus and Christy Amukamara. His younger days were at Leominster but he would later move with his family to New Jersey. The family didn’t stay in New Jersey for a long period of time before moving to Glendale. Royalty runs in the family as his grandfather was the Chief of Awo-Omamma village in Imo state Nigeria and Prince is supposed to occupy the seat after his grandfather.
Romanus, his father, works as a teacher while his mom, Christy is an athlete herself. She took part in the 1984 Summer Olympics as a track and field athlete. Prince is the only son of the family and he has five sisters. In their home, the children were named with the letter ‘P’ as his sisters are Princess, Promise, Peace, Precious, and Passionate. Prince and his siblings were raised as Christians and have been taught to live a responsible life.
Is Prince Amukamara Married or in Any Relationship?
Prince Amukamara has lived a life worth emulating as a Christain and a successful athlete. He doesn’t take alcohol and he was celibate before he got married as revealed in an interview with Muscle and Fitness Newsline.
Despite his claims, he met his better half, Pilar Davis at a nightclub in 2011. They dated for four years and finally decided to take their vows in 2014. The two are currently blessed with two children Princess Paisley Amarachi Amukamara; a baby girl and Princeton Amukamara; a baby boy.
A typical Nigerian is known for good looks and hard work, it is not different for the handsome Nigerian prince, Prince Amukamara. He stands at 6 feet having a balanced weight of 93 kg. He has worked perfectly well in the gym as an athlete to attain a perfect athletic build.