Adversity Won’t Faze Derek CarrFebruary 21st, 2014
A lot of people are trying to connect dots, ones that would land Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr with the Buccaneers via a first-round draft pick. Their reasoning is Carr’s older brother, former Houston and New York Giants quarterback David Carr, played for Jeff Tedford in college.
Tedford, of course, is now the Bucs’ offensive coordinator.
“Teddy,” as Derek Carr refers to Tedford, and the younger Carr have a long, strong bond. The two have known each other for nearly two decades, before Derek Carr went to grade school.
“I go way back with Teddy,” Carr said. “I was five years old and I would go to practice with my Nerf ball and [Tedford would] let me do drills at Fresno State practices way back when. We are so close as families. It would be great to play for him in Tampa Bay. I know how much better I could be as a quarterback [with Tedford as coordinator].”
But that’s a long way from happening for Carr, who almost welcomes the adversity that comes with being a young NFL quarterback.
“I have seen a lot,” Carr said. “I saw what my brother went through in Houston. I have seen a lot of things.”
One of those things that makes anything related to the NFL trivial by comparison. Carr, 22, has a son, Dallas, who was born on the dawn of last season’s training camp. He was born with an intestinal disorder that wouldn’t allow him to pass his food.
The condition for Dallas, who was born eight days premature, was so bad that Carr didn’t know if his son would survive.
“I remember running up a ramp crying knowing there was nothing I could do,” Carr said. Doctors’ prognoses were grim.
“I had doctors come in and said, ‘Your son might not make it,’” Carr said. Three surgeries later, Dallas was finally able to go home with his parents.
Hearing how his son may not live? Gut-wrenching. Hearing how he may not be the best quarterback in the 2014 draft? So what, Carr said.
“There’s not anything – anything! — people can say that will affect me,” Carr said. “You can say whatever you want about me, I will give everything I have.”
Carr also saw the harsh times his brother had in Houston and learned from his sibling how to deal with negativity.
“You are going to be praised a lot. You are going to be criticized a lot,” David Carr told his younger brother. “Ignore both because neither matter.”
But Derek Carr’s son matters. And compared to the rigors of football, his son’s triumph will negate any shortcomings Carr may experience on the field.