What does Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi 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 http://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, in his group of the top 21 to 30 players available.