New York Giants player's breakout season attributed to losing his virginity

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Prince Amukamara (L) and Pilar Davis attend the 13th Annual Samsung Hope For Children Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on June 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Professional football player Prince Amukamara (L) and Pilar Davis attend the Ninth Annual Tom Coughlin Jay Fund 'Champions For Children Gala' at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 21: Prince Amukamara #20 of the New York Giants breaks up a pass against Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on September 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Prince Kelechi Amukamara attends Z100's Jingle Ball presented by Aeropostale on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
New York Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara (20) reacts after intercepting a pass as teammates Corey Webster (23) and Mark Herzlich, blocked from view, look on during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 21: Prince Amukamara #20 of the New York Giants tackles Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans in the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

A veteran New York Giants player's enhanced performance this season has nothing to do with steroids, teammates say - they credit him losing his virginity for the change.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara, a first round pick in his fourth season, was married over the summer. The devout Catholic was previously called "Black Tim Tebow" by his teammates.

Amukamara, 25, has been markedly better this season than the previous three. He has arguably been one of Big Blue's best defensive players, if not the best.

"There are a lot of things different about Prince," defensive captain Antrel Rolle told the Newark Star-Ledger. "For one, he's married, so he's (enjoying some things that he wasn't experiencing before he's married).

"For a man, that could definitely help him out. For a man ... I'm just being honest ... it's helping him out," Rolle continued.

Amukamara has two interceptions through the season's first four games, a career high. He is also on pace for 100 tackles.

"Prince is a guy that keeps everyone upbeat," Rolle said. "He's a funny guy, but when he goes out there playing, you definitely see him being more aggressive, capitalizing on his opportunities and he's accepting challenges. He's winning those challenges."

Coach Tom Coughlin agreed, at least as far as Amukamara's improved play is concerned.

"Prince is a young man who's improved year in and year out," Coughlin told the paper. "And he's improved this past year to this point."

For his part, Amukamara called Rolle's comments "comical," but also saw them as a compliment.

"I'll take it," he told the Star-Ledger. "I know Antrel meant no harm towards it. Me and Antrel always joke around; not about stuff like that. I don't know what to say. I felt it was comical."

Amukamara expressed at least a small amount of concern about what his wife would say when she learned of Rolle's comments, but she appears to have taken it all in stride.
The Giants aim for win number three this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

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