A few short days ago it seemed as though Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders was on top of the world, but all of that came to a screeching halt on Christmas Eve.
Heading into the fourth quarter it was business as usual for Carr, who had been having the best year of his young career, but all of that came crashing to a halt in a matter of seconds.
Dropping back to pass, the Raiders quarterback was dragged down, and ultimately broke his fibula, effectively ending his season, but you wouldn’t know that from Carr’s attitude.
While a season-ending injury would devastate most players, Derek Carr is far from the norm. In a short note he wrote for his fans, Carr gave praises to God as the “ultimate healer,” and that he is “not worried one bit,” about his teammates being successful.
“Things happen in life that we don’t always understand, but I do know this. I serve a God that loves me and that is the ultimate healer!”
The team would go on to beat the Colts, and secure a playoff berth, but they will be without their MVP-caliber quarterback for quite some time. Raider players and fans aren’t the only ones upset, as players throughout the league have been giving Carr their support in this difficult time. He may only be in his third season, but it is clear that Derek Carr commands a lot of respect from his teammates, and all NFL personnel. Perhaps his relationship with God plays a small part in that.
For those unfamiliar with the California quarterback, this is hardly the first time he’s given the glory to God. In his very first victory as an NFL quarterback, Carr was asked what it felt to lead the team to a win. Without hesitating, Carr told the sideline reporter that he “praised the name of Jesus” for the opportunity to be playing, and he hasn’t stopped making Christ the center of attention.
We may not know what God’s plan is, but perhaps God is using Mr. Carr for a purpose greater than scoring touchdowns. At the very least, it is humbling to see someone with such a bright spotlight continuously using it to serve the Lord. Hopefully he has a speedy recovery, and can get back on the field!