Football is finally back! Tonight, as the Dallas Cowboys face the reigning champions New York Giants and as the weekend is fast approaching with a slate of exciting games (and fantasy outcomes, if you’re me), allow yourself some time to reflect (you should always reflect, it just feels good) and think about the members of the Jewish faith who will be there, on the gridiron, wearing helmets and guards, tackling every monster on their way. Also, think about their mothers, who are probably worried sick about their kids getting hurt out there.
There are currently nine Jewish (or half-Jewish) active professional football players:
Team: Chicago Bears
Position: Offensive Tackle
Nickname: “Bear Jew”
Honors: Recipient of the Marty Glickman Award as Male Jewish Athlete of the Year
Trivia: Carimi fasted on Yom Kippur of 2007, which lasted until an hour before Wisconsin played Iowa. (JTA article) More ▸