Amukamara On 10-Pick Goal: 'Really Just Embraced It'

September 18, 2018 - 4:33 pm
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(670 The Score) Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara wasn't afraid to be bold in setting his goal for this season, stating he hoped to get 10 interceptions.

It's a feat that hasn't been pulled off since 2007, when Antonio Cromartie accomplished it, and seemed daunting for Amukamara given he hadn't recorded a pick since Week 3 of the 2015 season. But he got on the board Monday night with an interception of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and returned it 49 yards for a game-sealing touchdown in the Bears' 24-17 victory at Soldier Field.

"Everyone has just ran with it," Amukamara said of how his goal became such a storyline. "But I've really just embraced it. It's really coming from I know the work I put in in practice. I know what I'm capable of doing. Before, I've always thought of the goal very lightly, but now, adding Khalil (Mack) to the equation, it seems a little bit more promising."

Amukamara made the game-sealing interception when he jumped the route of a quick pass by Wilson and took it the distance, evading Wilson's tackle attempt along his route to the end zone. 

The play was made by Amukamara because of preparation during the week in the form of quizzes given out by the Bears' coaching staff. From those, he recognized the formation and the route to be run by Seahawks rookie running back Rashaad Penny, jumping the pass at the perfect time.

"That was one of the test questions on the test," Amukamara said. "Last night, I'm just very happy I studied and got that one right."

The Bears defense led the way to victory Monday, asserting itself as dominant at times against Wilson and the Seahawks. Meanwhile, the young Bears offense endured its growing pains during the season's second game. 

Count Amukamara as a believer in what quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the offense can eventually do with more time and development.

"I would say just get your popcorn ready," Amukamara said. "It's going to be exciting."