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.
Wifey: how was work? :) smh lol
- Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) October 2, 2014
The Giants aim for win number three this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.