Derek Carr has spent much of his life living in the shadow of his older brother David Carr, the first-overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft who played 10 years in the pros. They have been pretty tough expectations to live up to.
All the while, including a move from the bay area to Las Vegas, Nevada, Carr has had the support of his loving family behind him.
Derek Carr's Wife
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been married since his college days at Fresno State. He and wife Heather Neel tied the knot in 2012. While QB Derek Carr was commanding the Fresno State Bulldogs offense, Neel was on the sideline as one of the team's cheerleaders.
Despite being a cheerleader, the two didn't meet through the football team. Rather, Neel and Carr met at BJ's Brewhouse, where Heather worked throughout college. Carr used a rather humorous pickup line, involving earrings, to get Neel's attention, and the pair have hit it off ever since.
Heather Neel, now Heather Carr, frequently posts pics to social media of her and Derek, as well as their children. Heather, who you can follow at @heathercarr4, is a social media influencer who gives you an inside look at what it's like to be married to an American Football player.
Derek Carr's Kids
Derek Carr and Heather Neel have three sons and one daughter. All of the boys' names start with D, naturally.
Carr's children are named Dallas Mason, Deker Luke, Deakon Derek, and daughter Brooklyn Mae. Carr was very excited about welcoming baby Brooklyn in November 2020, tweeting: Our baby girl has arrived!!! #GirlDad
Our baby girl has arrived!!! #GirlDad
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) December 1, 2020
Dallas, who was born in 2013, suffered from intestinal malrotation, in which his intestines were essentially tied in a knot. The newborn required multiple surgeries over several weeks to repair his intestines. Fortunately, the child was in good hands and managed to survive.
Derek Carr's Football Career
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr has been dominating on the gridiron since his high school days, having attended both Bakersfield Christian High School in California and Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas. Despite receiving interest from various universities, Carr accepted a scholarship to play football at Fresno State.
During his time at Fresno State, Carr started three seasons, really turning it on during his junior and senior seasons. Across those two campaigns, Carr tossed 87 touchdowns (50 durinng his senior year), more than 9,200 yards, and was picked off just 15 times. His performance saw him named MWC Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and he won the Sammy Baugh Trophy in 2013.
In his NFL career, Carr has made the Pro Bowl three times, and has remained the face of the franchise amid the organization's move to Las Vegas to play at Allegiant Stadium against the likes of the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans.
While Carr is still the Raiders starter, that hasn't kept him out of the watchful eye of head coach Jon Gruden, who was less than thrilled with some of the play calls voiced by Carr at the line of scrimmage.
After hearing Carr call an audible during the 2020 season opener against the Carolina Panthers by saying "Cindy Gruden! Tiger Woods!," Gruden responded by telling his quarterback to "keep my wife's name out of his mouth."
While the NFL player and his wife Heather may not have the superstar status that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had with his ex-wife Gisele, the couple have found happiness together and he knows she's always rooting for him on game day.
Now all Derek needs to do is bring the Raiders to the playoffs and eventually, a Super Bowl.
This article was originally published on September 13, 2021, and has been updated since.
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