Raiders quarterback Derek Carr isn’t in the Bay Area this weekend. Established players have the weekend off, and many scattered across the country for once last break before the season starts.
Carr went back home for an experience he’ll never forget. Fresno State is retiring his number before Saturday’s game against Incarnate Word University.
No Bulldog will ever wear No. 4 again. It will hang atop the stadium near his brother David Carr’s retired No. 8.
David Carr was a Fresno State legend, and Derek Carr followed in his brother’s footsteps. David was the NFL’s No. 1 overall draft pick in 2002, and Derek was a second-rounder who has become a true franchise quarterback.
Carr is a proud of his Central Valley roots, and still has a strong connection to Fresno State and his native Bakersfield. That’s why this ceremony means so much.
“That’s going to be a special moment,” Carr said this week. “I’ve been thinking about it, too. I was like, ‘Man, I hope I don’t all of a sudden get randomly emotional.’ I literally dreamed of that since I was this tall. Every time I walked in that stadium for my brother’s games, I would tell my dad, ‘Yeah, they’re going to put Dave’s up there, but they’re going to put mine, too.’
"Then when I was there, it said, ‘Carr 8,’ obviously, every day I walked down that ramp. I said, ‘They’re going to put my name right next to that.’ It drove me. It pushed me to want to, again, change a culture of things that were going a certain way. It’s just one of those moments that I’ve dreamed of."
Fresno!!! See you tomorrow! Some of the many memories I have! Things that started in Fresno... 1. Gave my life to Christ! 2. Met my perfect wife @heathercarr4 and had our first child! 3. Met some of my best friends that I will have for life. 4. We won some championship"S" and finished what @davidcarr8 started!