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Prince Amukamara signs one-day contract to retire as a Giant

Once a Giant, always a Giant.

Former cornerback Prince Amukamara, a first-round draft choice who played five of his nine NFL seasons in a Giants uniform, signed a one-day contract to retire with the organization he helped win its fourth Lombardi Trophy in his rookie season.

The 19th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Amukamara made 45 starts in 55 regular-season games with the Giants. He also played in four postseason games during the Giants' 2011 championship run.

After a foot injury delayed his rookie campaign, Amukamara intercepted Vince Young's pass intended for DeSean Jackson in his NFL debut against the rival Eagles on Nov. 20, 2011. Amukamara, who had his fifth-year option picked up by the Giants, became a free agent in 2016, when he signed with the Jaguars. Following one season in Jacksonville, Amukamara spent time with the Bears, Raiders, Cardinals and Saints and finished his NFL career with 10 interceptions, 78 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. Amukamara started exactly 100 games, including one in the postseason with Chicago.

"I always thought retirement was you go to an island, you look at the ocean, and you have a cold beverage on your side," Amukamara said in his retirement speech inside the fieldhouse at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. "But seeing guys like [Michael] Strahan, Eli [Manning], [Victor] Cruz, mastering something after football, I feel like as athletes, we're used to routine, we're competitive, and so we're not meant to just sit down and do nothing. I plan on doing something purposeful. I've always lived by if being a football player was the only thing I was known for, then I haven't really accomplished anything in life."

View photos of the career of former Giants cornerback and Super Bowl Champion Prince Amukamara.

Amukamara had an illustrious career at the University of Nebraska, where he was named the 2010 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. Amukamara was also one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award as a senior. Last fall, Amukamara was elected to the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

Amukamara was a three-sport star at Apollo High School in Glendale, Ariz., the city where the Giants defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

During his final two seasons, Amukamara scored nearly 50 touchdowns, while rushing for 3,389 yards and averaging 11.9 yards per carry. In the same two seasons, he had 664 receiving yards and totaled 125 tackles.

As a senior, Amukamara rushed for 2,106 yards and 24 touchdowns, while catching 22 passes for 252 yards and six touchdowns. He also averaged 26 yards per punt return and 20.8 yards on kickoff returns. In the first round of the Class 4A playoffs against Scottsdale Chaparral, Amukamara rushed for 366 yards and four touchdowns in an overtime loss. Amukamara was named the State High School Player of the Year by the Arizona Republic.

Amukamara was also a starting guard in basketball, helping Apollo to three straight Class 4A state titles. He also starred in track, winning the Class 4A state titles in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in 2007.

His family comes from royal bloodlines in Nigeria. Amukamara's grandfather was the king of the Awo-Omamma in Imo State of Nigeria. His father, Romanus, was chief. Amukamara's mother, Christie (formerly Nwachukwu), competed in the sprints for the Nigerian track team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Amukamara is married to Pilar and they have five children: Paisley, Princeton, Pierson, Presley and Payson.


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