After nine years, NFL quarterback Derek Carr says goodbye to raiders fans and shares the lessons he learned after the unlikely turn of events in his life.
Derek Carr With Raiders
As the starting quarterback, Derek Carr joined the Las Vegas Raiders team in 2014. And nine years later, he would face the heartbreaking reality of leaving the team. Apparently, Coach Josh McDaniels had benched the outspoken Christian for the season’s final two weeks. According to the report, it was because of the quarterback’s “offensive performance reasons.”
Later, Derek announced through his agent, Tim Younger, that his tenure with the Raiders had ended.
“Derek’s tenure with the Raiders is effectively finished,” he wrote on Twitter. “Relationships do end, but as is the case here, a treasure of memories and friendships remain, along with a very special bond with his fans. These won’t end.”
Goodbye Message To Fans & Lessons Learned
Then the 31-year-old wrote a farewell message to his fans and shared it on Twitter.
“I once said that if I’m not a Raider I would rather be at home and I meant that,” he wrote. “But I never envisioned it ending this way. That fire burning inside of me to win a championship still rages. A fire no man can extinguish; only God. So I look forward to a new city and a new team who, no matter the circumstance, will get everything I have.”
Following the surprising news from the Raiders, Derek shared the lessons he learned from his unlikely situation. The Las Vegas Review-Journal shared a video of the former quarterback’s interview. The 31-year-old revealed that he would never back down despite what happened.
“I’m going through some stuff a little bit,” he admitted. “And I’ve found out that nothing can get me down. Nothing can kick my feet out from under me. There’s nothing that can come against me, for I’m going to win in the end.”
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 12, 2023
Then Derek declared that “the Spirit of God” could break his household free no matter the attack. So they don’t have to worry about anything.
“Do you all know how many text messages I’ve gotten saying, ‘Are you OK?'” he added. “Stop asking if I’m OK. You don’t really know me if you’re asking if I’m OK. You don’t know the God that I know.”
“I’m just kidding. Man, you all really love me. I thank you. Thank you so much for praying for me. Yes, I’m doing good.”
Further, Derek explained how “it’s easy to point fingers” and “blame” other people for the outcome of his football journey with the Raiders. But he’s not settling for that kind of mindset. Instead, Derek wanted to step out of that level of thinking and be his best version. And he will surrender everything to God and ask Him for guidance and direction.
“That really could be a comfortable place but I’m going to step out of that,” he said. “I’m going to say I just can’t wait to be better myself, I’m just going to keep striving to be the best version of me that I can be. I’m going to keep trying to be better at whatever I do next.”
“I said, Lord, what is it that you’re trying to reveal to me in this season? Lord, what is it that you’re trying to do in my heart in this season?”
He added, “Patience. Forgiveness. Do they deserve it? It doesn’t matter. He doesn’t ask me if they deserve it. He didn’t ask me if they deserve that. That wasn’t on the agenda for me. The agenda for me was just to forgive. The agenda for me was just to have peace.”
Reference | CBN News