Former Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey, the school’s career rushing record holder, was selected by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round this morning.
Carey was the 117th pick overall and first taken from Arizona in the NFL Draft, which started with the first round on Thursday.
The Canyon del Oro High School product will be united with one of Arizona’s best defensive players in the program’s history, linebacker Lance Briggs, with the Bears. Here are some of the notable social media reactions about Carey’s selection by Chicago, including one by yours truly who envisioned the Carey-Briggs combination before it happened:
Will Bears take Ka'Deem Carey with 117th pick coming up? One of #ArizonaWildcats' best def players (Briggs) and offensive players together?
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) May 10, 2014
Here is Briggs’ welcome to the Bear family. A reminder, Chicago uses the slogan “Bear Down” as well.
What a draft! Chicago welcome fellow Wildcat and Bear, Ka' Deem Carey!! @Kcarey25
— Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) May 10, 2014
Solid move on Carey’s part to allow Tucson’s media access to his home for the draft festivities today.
Ka'Deem Carey is a Chicago Bear pic.twitter.com/vxY08Ot2F4
— Daily Wildcat Sports (@WildcatSports) May 10, 2014
Carey will also join for Arizona hoops player Fendi Onobun, a tight end with the Bears’ practice squad last year, and offensive lineman Eben Britton. That means Briggs, Carey, Onobun and Britton are still bearing down. (Thanks to former Arizona linebacker Donnie Salum for the head’s up with Britton).
Nice! Another Arizona Wildcat in the locker room! Congrats Ka'deem Carey! Welcome to Chi-Town #beardown 2x's
— Fendi Onobun (@TheFirst_48) May 10, 2014
ESPN’s draft analysts did not mention Carey’s name in this morning’s broadcast until his selection was announced. Carey has a lot of motivation ahead for how he was overlooked by so many.
Bears select Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey with the 117th pick. Carey led the FBS in rushing last year with 148.4 YPG. pic.twitter.com/hEDEwNcOtH
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 10, 2014
Arizona Republic NFL writer Kent Somers, a veteran reporter with a long history of covering the Cardinals, knows talent when he sees it.
I liked RB Ka'Deem Carey before. Even more now that he's dropped. Great motivation. As good as anyone taken ahead of him, better than most.
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) May 10, 2014
Former Arizona Wildcats teammate Trevin Wade, who was with the New Orleans Saints last year, offers his congratulations.
Happy for that boi Ka'Deem Carey! Can't wait to see you out there. #BearDown
— Trevin Wade (@TwoStarWade) May 10, 2014
The NFL allows two teammates from bitter college rivals to create a bond.
Former ASU beast Will Sutton and Carey will now have to make nice
— Kayla Anderson (@KayKGUNArizona) May 10, 2014