The Newest Jewish Face of American Football
1 From blogs.nfl.com - Craig Ellenport
What does Offensive Left Tackle Gabe Carimi of the University of Wisconsin
Badgers have in common with Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax? Leave it
to NFL.com's Gil Brandt to uncover the combine tidbit of the day.
You guessed it. Not only is Carimi Jewish, he is true enough to his faith
that he will follow in Koufax's footsteps and doesn't plan to give up
strict observance of the high holidays. And that means no working during
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which traditionally fall during the first
month of the NFL season.
Carimi is prepared to let teams at the combine know they have no reason
to worry. He told Brandt that he will explain to teams during the interview
process in Indianapolis that he has checked the calendar, and the high
holidays wouldn't force him to miss any games until 2015.
However, we've checked the dates on www.chabad.org, and that information
isn't set in stone. In 2012, Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Sunday,
Sept. 16. So if Carimi is with a team that is playing on Sunday or Monday
night that week, there will be a difficult decision to be made.
That said, don't expect the religious conflict to affect any team's draft
decision when it comes to Carimi. Brandt currently has him projected as
a first-round draft pick on April 28, in his group of the top 21
to 30 players available.
2. From hillel.org - Madeline Miller
Often described as the latest face of Jewish football, University of
Wisconsin-Madison senior Gabe Carimi, at 6'7" and 327 lbs. (2m tall,
150kg weight), has proven to be a force to be reckoned with both on and
off the field.
Carimi is the recipient of the Outland Trophy for being the nation's top
interior lineman on either side of the ball, and has most recently been
named first-team All American. His academic record is as impressive as
his athletic execution. A civil engineering major, Carimi has balanced
his academic and athletic responsibilities with finesse. His athletic
achievements have not detracted from his academic accomplishments, such
as his being named Academic All-Big Ten for the past four years.
Born in Lake Forest, IL, and raised in Madison, WI, Carimi and his family
are active in Madison's Jewish community. When he is not at home, Judaism
continues to play a central part in Carimi's life. In the interview, he
emphasized that he does not view his Jewish identity as an obstacle in
his life as a student athlete. His decision to fast on Yom Kippur each
year, despite the fact that it often falls on game days, is noteworthy
in that it demonstrates his ability to maintain his commitment to his
faith and career.
When asked whether he had to overcome any stereotypes or preconceived
notions, Carimi answered: "There aren't many Jews that are similar
to me in build, but I think people generally consider my physical stature
before thinking about my religious affiliation!"
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