Prince Amukamara Biography
Prince Amukamara born Prince Kelechi Amukamara, is an American football cornerback who was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, to natives of Nigeria. He plays in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Bears. In 2011, he was rafted by the New York Giants in the first round of that year’s NFL Draft, and was a member of the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI championship team as a rookie against his hometown team, the New England Patriots.
Prince Amukamara Age
The Chicago Bears cornerback was born 6 June 1989 in Leominster, Massachusetts, United State. He is 29 years old as of 2018.
Prince Amukamara Family
Amukamara descends from a royal Igbo Nigerian family and was born to Romanus and Christy Amukamara, Nigerian natives, in Leominster, Massachusetts. When he was five years old, they moved to Glendale, Arizona, prior to which they lived in New Jersey. In 1984, his mother competed for Nigeria at the Summer Olympics in track and field while his father is a teacher.
His grandfather was the chief of Awo-Omamma in the Imo State of Nigeria. He is next in line to be the chief.
Prince Amukamara Siblings – Sisters
He has five siblings: all sisters namely; Princess, Promise, Peace, Precious, and Passionate.
Prince Amukamara Religion
Prince is a staunch Catholic who refrains from alcohol.
Prince Amukamara Education
He attended Apollo High School in Glendale, Arizona, where he excelled in multiple sports. Most notably, he was a track and field standout in several events, and was one of the Hawks’ most explosive weapons on the football field. Through six games in the 2006 season, he had rushed for 1,129 yards and 270 receiving yards on offense and two interceptions on defense.
He also had scored 18 offensive touchdowns and three defensive touchdowns. He finished the season with 2,106 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns as a running back and 95 tackles and two interceptions as a defensive back. The Arizona Republic named him the “Big School Player of the Year” in Arizona. Amukamara was also named to the Arizona All-State team by Scout.com.
Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Amukamara was listed as the 11th best prospect from Arizona. On December 29, 2006, Amukamara committed to play college football at Nebraska. He also received scholarship offers from Colorado, Fresno State, Nevada, Oregon State, UNLV, and UTEP. During his senior year of high school, when asked what he thought about the recruiting process, he responded, “I’m not worried about the recruiting now. I will look at it closer after the season.”
Prince Amukamara Wife
Amukamara is married to Pilar Davis since 2014. He met her in 2011 at a Manhattan nightclub and did not tell her at first what he does for a living. He says she first brushed him off but after his teammates urged him to give it another try he reached out to her. They began with exchanging e-mails and soon, they were dating.
They got married in March 2014 at the Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum and didn’t consummate the marriage until they said, “I do.” This is mainly because Amukamara is a devout Catholic and had vowed to remain a virgin as long as he was single.
Amukamara’s College Career
Prince attended the University of Nebraska, and played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 2007 to 2010. After arriving at Nebraska, Amukamara contemplated playing basketball on top of football, but dropped those plans after fall football practices began. As a freshman in 2007, Amukamara was described as being a newcomer “with a lot of personality” by senior linebacker Corey McKeon.
He made his debut for Nebraska on September 22 against Ball State, playing on special teams. Amukamara finished the year with four tackles in eight games, splitting time in the secondary and on special teams. Entering his sophomore season, there was speculation as to whether he would play at running back or cornerback, before being named the back-up cornerback after training camp.
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He ended up starting the games against Western Michigan, New Mexico State, and Virginia Tech, as he played in all 13 of Nebraska’s games. He finished the year with 34 tackles, with his season-high of eight coming against Western Michigan.
As a junior, Amukamara became a starter at cornerback for Nebraska. Against Louisiana-Lafayette, Amukamara suffered an injury during the game, but did not miss any games. Amukamara finished the 2009 season with five interceptions, tied for the most on the team, 11 pass-breakups, 64 tackles, and two sacks. He was named to the first-team All-Big 12 after the season.
Amukamara tallied 59 tackles and one sack, but no interceptions as a senior. However, he only allowed 18 completed passes in his direction on 52 attempts during the season, and was praised for his “lock-down ability” against wide receivers during the season. Following the season, he was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American, and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Amukamara was also a Jim Thorpe Award finalist, a Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist, and a Ronnie Lott Trophy quarterfinalist.
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While at Nebraska, Amukamara majored in political science and received his degree in sociology in December 2010.
Amukamara’s Professional career
Before his senior season at Nebraska, a National Football League (NFL) scouting service gave Amukamara a 7.3 rating, which was tied for the highest among 1,400 college seniors that were graded. In Sports Illustrated, he was described as being “physical, possessing solid football speed and top ball skills.” They later gave a him a “first round grade” after other NFL scouts had named him one of the best two seniors in all of college football.
On April 28, 2011, Amukamara was selected 19th by the New York Giants in the 2011 NFL Draft. A day after signing with the Giants, he was sidelined indefinitely with a broken left foot on the metatarsal bone.
In the first series of his career with the Giants, Amukamara recorded an interception on a Vince Young pass against the Philadelphia Eagles. He won his first Super Bowl, winning Super Bowl XLVI with the Giants, defeating the New England Patriots 21-17. He tore his bicep on November 3rd, 2014, ending his season.
Amukamara is an ambassador for Up2Us Sports, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting underserved youth by providing them with coaches trained in positive youth development.
Prince Amukamara Contract
Prince’s current contract is with the Chicago Bears who he first signed for on March 10, 2017 for one year. It was a contract worth $7 million with a signing bonus of $3.5 million. He signed an extension contract on March 13th 2018 that was worth $27 million.
Prince Amukamara Jersey
Prince plays with the Jersey number 20.
To shop for his jerseys, visit bearsofficialnflproshop.com.
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Prince Amukamara Net Worth
Prince Amukamara’s net worth is $17,257,500 while like other NFL players he also gets paid through sponsorship deals, ads, endorsements, bonus/featuring and so on. NFL and Forbes showed Prince Amukamara yearly salary at $6,903,000 in 2015 and different bonus/sponsorship/endorsement amount at $862,875. In 2018, he was paid $7.5M.