Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/21/13
Chicago Bears 2011 NFL Draft pick Gabe Carimi has drawn a lot of attention for not participating in Marc Trestman’s first offseason training program. There has been speculation that Carimi could be on the bubble and that attending the program would help him get his footing for training camp. However, Carimi has taken the opposite stance, staying away and clearing his mind of distraction as he prepare for maybe the battle for his career in Chicago. He has been working out at the O-Line Performance Academy in Arizona, a performance center by former Pro Bowl lineman LeCharles Bentley. "Any time a player opts to make an investment in himself that is outside the scope of what the team expects, that's a gamble," said Bentley, via Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune. "That's sometimes a risk that players have to be willing to take. Sometimes, when guys are in a situation like Gabe, maybe the player feels comfortable betting on himself. "Now, where it gets a little sketchy, you can't go back and be OK. You can't go back and be good. You've got to go back and be damn good. That's where the pressure falls back onto the player and, to be quite frank, that is where it belongs. Let these guys stand up and man up for themselves. These are their careers. If Gabe Carimi is going to be labeled as a bust, let this man do it on his own terms." "Gabe is, I think, exactly where he needs to be in terms of the mental state," Bentley said. "There are so many different layers to this thing. He is that point, 'I want to fight. I want to play and I want to show people that I can be a first-round talent that I was drafted as. I'm not going to leave my career as a bust.' "He's hungry to prove people wrong and has taken time and work for him to get to this point mentally and physically. He is light years from where he was."    
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