Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will face the team he grew up watching, the Houston Texans, in Week 2 of the 2014 NFL regular season. He was just 12 years old when the Texans made his brother David the No. 1 overall pick of the 2002 NFL draft.
Derek Carr will face the team he grew up watching, the Houston Texans, in Week 2 of the NFL regular season.
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The Oakland Raiders quarterback was just 12 years old when the Texans made his brother David the No. 1 overall pick of the 2002 NFL draft. Now, he gets a chance to face his boyhood idols, per SB Nation's (via Yahoo Sports) Levi Damien:
"If there's one team in the NFL Derek Carr knows best, it's the Houston Texans. His brother was drafted to the Texans as the number one overall pick when Derek was just a boy and he spent five years around the city of Houston and the Texans organization .
"Derek was just 12 years old when the expansion Texans pegged his brother as their franchise quarterback. Things didn't go well for David over his first season in Houston. He was sacked a record 76 times and the team finished 4-12.
"For young Derek, this didn't seem altogther normal but he says at the time that he didn't really know any better.
"'All I knew was, I grew up a Cowboy and Raider fan, I was like I never saw those quarterbacks get hit that much. Just being honest, that's what my thought was, being a kid. And being older and going back and watching his game, I understand what was going on now.'
"'They were an expansion team...you cannot do it by yourself. I'm not saying that he was right every time, I'm not saying that anyone else was wrong. I'm just saying it takes a team effort to win football games.'
"After that season, the Texans held the third overall pick and with that pick they sought to get Carr some help at receiver. And in the process of giving David his new favorite target, they gave Derek a lasting friendship -- All Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson.
"Derek had admired Johnson even before the Texans made him their third overall pick in the 2003 draft. And now he would get to meet him and watch him firsthand as a member of the Texans.
"'I was a big college football fan so I grew up watching the Miami Hurricanes. Everyone knows around that time, it seems like nobody could beat them. So, I was a big fan of his and I was hoping during that draft, 'man, I hope we get him'...then we got him and I was kind of like 'Man, I want to hang out with this guy.'
"Soon after Johnson came to the Texans, Derek began playing football as well. He began playing football at First Colony Middle School in nearby Sugar Land, Texas. The two of them did strike a friendship and next thing you know, it was Andre who was watching Derek play football. Which, as you can imagine, was quite an honor for Derek.
"'Not a lot of kids have a Hall of Fame wide receiver coming to their Junior High football games,' said Derek.
"I'd always joke around with him 'Someday, I'm gonna throw you the ball'...we get to play each other now so it will be pretty cool.'"
The Houston Chronicle's Dale Robertson also reported on Carr's love for the Texans in his Sept. 10 article:
"Derek Carr will make his second NFL start against the team, the Texans, that he once came to love as much as the Raiders, the team he's now playing for.
"Carr was a diehard Raiders fan when he was in grade school because his family is from nearby Bakersfield.
"'I had a Raider jacket before I was old enough to know I had a Raider jacket,' he said.
"But of course, when his big brother David was drafted No. 1 overall by the Texans in 2002, his allegiance shifted.
"And he maintains to this day, despite how badly things ended for David, 'My time in Houston was awesome. They have so many great restaurants. My goodness, I don't know if I ever ate at the same place. I love Houston. I really did. And I made some of my best friends there. Football-wise, what happened with Dave...they were an expansion team. I've played in, what, four games in the NFL now? And I know you can't do it by yourself. I'm not saying he was right every time or that anyone else was wrong. I'm just saying it takes a team effort to win football games.
"'We loved our time there. You can ask him. He loved it, too. We have nothing but love for that city and especially for (owner Bob) McNair. Mr. McNair and his wife were always first-class.'"
Carr threw for 151 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 94.7 passer rating in the Raiders' Week 1 19-14 loss to the New York Jets, per ESPN stats.
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