Derek Carr isn't just one of those "nominal" Christian athletes that simply plays to the camera after a victory and exaggerates his relationship with God. When he says something about the Lord Jesus Christ in public, he means it.
Following Las Vegas' 31-28 NFL victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday, the Raiders' quarterback, who completed 26 of 43 passes for 386 yards and two touchdowns, explained why he and his team have been so successful this season. They have won three games in a row to start the year, something that hasn't happened to the Raiders since 2002.
To everyone's surprise, Carr says, it has nothing to do with him.
"All the self-glory, that stuff is fleeting," Carr says. "I've already been through that. God took me to a place that all I want to do is glorify Him, and wherever He's going, that's where I want to go. So, if it's a win, awesome. If not, I'm still going to glory Him."
During the preseason, Carr told the Associated Press that he is simply blessed to be called by God even to play football at the highest level.
"I believe God gave me talents to be in this position," he said. "Anybody could be the quarterback here, but in my belief, He's allowed me to be the quarterback here. And I'm going to continue to give this thing everything that I have. I think that I have done that for seven years."
CBN News reported that, shortly after entering the NFL in 2014, Carr shared his testimony and "what led him to fully commit his life to Jesus."
"I remember at that moment I felt so selfish, so arrogant, so cocky," he says. "I got down on my knees and it was finally at that time where God kind of put His foot on my throat and said, 'Hey, I've got special plans for you and you're screwing it up.'"
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