The NFL star Derek Carr has wangled his way to the top, hence becoming one of the highest earning football players in the world. The quarterback turned pro when he was chosen by the Oakland Raiders in 2014. Since then, Derek has been showing outstanding performances and is a three-time Pro Bowler.
Amazingly, Carr came from an athletic family and his brother David is a former NFL player as well as a Super Bowl Champion with the New York Jets. Learn more about the fast-rising Raiders star below.
Derek Carr Bio
Derek Dallas Carr first came into this world on the 28th day of March 1991. Born to Sheryl and her husband Rodger Carr, Derek spent his childhood partly in Bakersfield, California and Sugar Land, Texas along with his three siblings. He started playing football from childhood and finished his junior high school season at Clements High School, Texas. When he was in Bakersfield, Derek concluded his senior year in Bakersfield High. At the time, he won multiple awards including All-Area Football Player of the Year Award as well as the National Player of the Year.
He continued his college career at Fresno State University and in his freshman year, he played as a back up to Ryan Colburn. The following season, Derek got a redshirt and returned in the 2011 season. This time, he was named the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs. The player spent three more seasons with the team ending in 2013. He recorded his breakout season in 2012, having a record of 37 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and 4,104 yards.
Following his top performance, Derek was named the MWC Offensive Player of the Year. Finishing his college career in 2013, Derek made 50 touchdowns, eight interceptions, and 5,083 yards. He won the Sammy Baugh Trophy and equally finished eighth for the Heisman Trophy.
Career and Injury Stats
Turning into a pro in 2014, Derek Carr was chosen by Oakland Raiders as the 36th player to be selected that year. He penned a four-year rookie deal worth $5.37 million with the Raiders after which he made his first appearance for the Raiders in their first game against the New York Jets in September 2014. The quarterback experienced a high ankle sprain in their week four game against Miami Dolphins. After missing a few games he later finished the season scoring 21 touchdowns, intercepting 12 passes, and 3,270 yards.
Although he has a minor injury at the beginning of the 2015 season, Derek later got selected to the Pro Bowl after making 32 touchdowns and 3,987 yards. He was also placed among the Top NFL Players of 2016. Entering the 2016 season with great motivation, the quarterback got another Pro Bowl call-up albeit he didn’t feature in the competition because of injuries. He finished the season with a record of six interceptions, 28 touchdowns, and 3,937 yards.
In 2017, he was named to replace Tom Brady in the Pro Bowl making it his third Pro Bowl selection in a row. The quarterback intercepted 13 passes, scored 22 touchdowns, and passed for 3,496 yards at the end of the season. He broke the league’s record for throwing more passes without an interception during the 2018 season with 301 passes.
The Raiders star has done a great job for the Raiders and is currently earning a decent amount of money in salaries. Meanwhile, Derek extended his stay with the Raiders in 2017 when he penned a five-year deal valued at $125 million. As a result, the player currently receives an annual salary of $25 million. Notably, Derek is ranked number 77 on Forbes List of 100 Highest Paid Athletes in the world. In addition, Derek Carr’s net worth is currently pegged at $20 million.
Meet Derek Carr’s Brother
The Raiders star Derek Carr isn’t the only member of his family that has played football. He has an older brother named David Carr who played professionally in the NFL. Notably, David was the first player to be chosen by the Houston Texans in the NFL draft of 2002. He completed his first five professional seasons with the Texans before signing up with the Carolina Panthers in 2007.
He also played for San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants before ending his ten-year career in 2012. During his time as a player, David won the Super Bowl XLVI championship along with the Giants in 2011. After his retirement, he was rated as one of the worst draft number one picks in the league’s history.
Who is the Wife?
The Oakland Raider star man is happily married to a lady named Heather Neel. The amazing lady is originally from Fresno City of Northern California. She completed her education at Fresno High School as well as Fresno State University. She used to be a cheerleader while in high school. Heather equally worked as a waitress at BJ’s Brewhouse and it was there that she met her future husband Derek. They kicked off their relationship while Derek was still playing for Fresno Bulldogs.
As they continued to enjoy a romantic relationship, they decided to seal their love with a nuptial bond while still in college. Derek and Heather walked down the aisle on the 10th day of July 2012. Interestingly, the 2012 and 2013 seasons became the best seasons in Carr’s college career.
One year after their wedding, the couple welcomed their first bundle of joy, a son named Dallas Carr. He was born in August 2013. Three years later, their second son Deker Carr was born. Derek and Heather have been living happily ever after and there is no sign of divorce between them.
More Interesting Facts about Derek Carr
- Derek’s older brother David Carr is a former quarterback who completed ten seasons in the NFL.
- He met his wife Heather while at Fresno State University many years ago.
- They got hitched in 2012 while they were still in college
- Their first child Dallas Carr was born with entangled intestines which made him undergo multiple surgeries for its correction.
- Derek’s uncle named Lon Boyett also played tight end for the Raiders in 1978.