Derek Carr making his own path to NFL


by Daniel Gotera / KHOU 11 Sports

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 7:12 PM

INDIANAPOLIS – Fresno State QB Derek Carr described his NFL Combine experience like this.

“It’s a weird experience,” Carr said on Friday. “I have people in the medical rooms saying ‘Hey, I had your brother 13 years ago’, then they feel old.”

As the Texans well know, Derek Carr’s brother David went through it all back in 2002 but there’s one big difference between then and now.

“Well, there aren’t expansion teams this year,” Carr said with a smile.

The Fresno State gunslinger didn’t throw at the combine, but did go through other workouts. He clocked a time of 4.69 seconds in the 40-yard dash and measured a 34 ½” vertical jump.

As Derek met with the media this weekend, the thoughts of where he started must have flashed through his mind. Back his brother played with the Texans, the younger Carr always talked about following in his brother’s footsteps.

Carr remembers very clearly some of the struggles David went through in his first couple of years in the NFL and the knowledge that he gained from that was invaluable.

“I remember him going through all of this, I remember standing in the back doing all the interviews,” Carr said. “It was a great experience for me to have and experiences a lot of people don’t get to have.”

Football has consumed Carr most of his life and it’s guided him to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. However last August, his priorities shifted as he and his wife faced a challenging time regarding the health of his son, Dallas.

“That kid? He’s a trooper man,” Carr said.

Dallas was born with intestinal mal-rotation, meaning he couldn’t pass any food after he was born.

“He was born 8 days early and the doctors told us if he was born on time we would have given birth and he wouldn’t have lived,” Carr said. “Going through all that, I get choked up thinking about now. He’s doing great now, with no problems. We took him to the doctor and they told us if you never tell him what happened he’ll never know.”

What Dallas will come to realize someday though is that his father was drafted into the NFL, just like his uncle, and the comparison between the two stops is never ending.