Last Sunday, the Jewish Hall of Fame inducted many including Gabe Carimi. Gabe is projected to be a first-round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The Wisconsin offensive lineman won the 65th Outland Trophy. The Outland Trophy is given to the best interior lineman in America. Carimi won an award that was previously won by Ndamukong Suh, Merlin Olsen, and Will Shields. Coincidentally, I interviewed Gabe over the internet last year (First interview: http://bit.ly/carimi1), but here is the interview we did at the Hall of Fame in Commack, New York:
Brad Wolff: What does this honor [being inducted into the Jewish Hall of Fame] mean to you?
Gabe Carimi: It's just great to represent the Jewish community and be an athlete too.
BW: After being showered with many awards this year including playing in the Rose Bowl, which honors are you most proud of?
GC: The Outland was what I was most proud of. It was a goal that I achieved by just setting daily goals to try to win everyday. I think I'm most proud of that. I'm proud of this award and being able to take my team to a Rose Bowl and a Big Ten championship was a lot of fun this year.
BW: I know it's a controversial topic, but if you and your family were invited to the NFL Draft would you take the stage with the commissioner?
GC: I actually just got invited while I was out here [This was last week]. I'm actually not sure if I'm going to go. Not because of any of thing the NFLPA or NFL wants, but I want to be with my family so I might do it at home. I'm going to talk to them and talk to the commissioner. He might convince me to go.
BW: What are the keys to being a successful offensive lineman?
GC: Hard work. Dedication.
BW: Becoming an NFL player, what are you striving to achieve on and off the field?
GC: I want to be a Pro Bowler in the NFL. I want to be a high level tackle in the NFL.
BW: Well, you told NFL executives that no Sunday NFL games will be played on Yom Kippur for the next 15 years. Did any GM's say, "what if it falls out on a Monday?"
GC: No. I said the likelihood of a game being played on Monday is unlikely. They basically just stopped in their tracks that I was so well prepared for that question (laughs). No, the likelihood that we would have a Monday night game on that week is so slim. It's like, it might happen, but I told them that I had my faith and my responsibilities and I will manage to have both of them.
Thanks and good luck to Gabe on April 28th!