Newest Chicago Bear offensive lineman Gabe Carimi made quite an impression while appearing at a local Jewish festival over the weekend. Carimi, who was joined by about 4500 people to kick off the parade from Old Orchard through Skokie looks forward to embracing a new community:
“I’ve been in the same community in Madison the whole time,” Carimi said of his interest in leading the parade and his time in the Wisconsin capital where the university is located. “I’ve been looking forward to branching out to the new Jewish community and setting up new friendships here.”
Carimi, who is a pretty devout, tries to find balance between his faith and his career:
Carimi, who is a Reform Jew, would not play on Yom Kippur, but he noted that potential conflict should not pop up anytime during his career as the Day of Atonement did not fall on a game day anytime soon. If that does happen while Bear, that would be another matter.
Yet Carimi added, “It has never been a problem for me to balance my religion and football.”
I respect a man who stands for something. While it’s true that Yom Kippur doesn’t fall on a Sunday for the next 5 seasons, let’s hope that Carimi is still a relevant cog in the Bears puzzle beyond that. More importantly, let’s hope this lockout ends so this guy can get to work.