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Bears' Gabe Carimi knows all about college teammate J.J. Watt

Chicago Bears right tackle Gabe Carimi is very familiar with his college teammate and Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt.


Chicago Bears right tackle Gabe Carimi is used to facing off against Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, the two lined up against one another everyday in practice with the Wisconsin Badgers from 2008-2010.

Carimi described Watt as "a relentless guy" and the two had a contentious relationship on the practice field at Wisconsin.

Watt described their practices as "two competitors going at it" and "a battle."

The Texans selected Watt with the No. 11 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and he is having a great second season in the league. Watt has a league-leading 10.5 sacks to go along with 59 tackles, 10 pass break ups, and 2 forced fumbles and is frequently mentioned in MVP discussions.

Carimi was selected by the Bears with the No. 29 pick in that same 2011 NFL Draft. He injured his knee in Week 2 of his rookie season and missed the rest of the year. As a result he is still working on developing consistent play at the NFL level.

With Watt playing in a 3-4 defense he will spend a lot of his time on the inside matched up against Bears guard Lance Louis, but the Texans move him around a lot, so he will certainly match up against Carimi as well.