Jun 17, 2014; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass at minicamp at Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr writes about Rookie Symposium experience


Raiders second round draft pick Derek Carr may not have attended the NFLPA Rookie Premiere as fifth overall pick Khalil Mack was the only Oakland player to attend the event for the NFL’s biggest stars out of the draft, but while at the NFL Rookie Symposium Carr has taken the time to make the most out of the event.

The four-day mandatory event for all rookies taking place this week in Ohio, helps cover “NFL 101″ teaching first year players about player expectations and social responsibility along with breakout sessions on financial planning, locker room conduct and off-the-field situations.

Carr took the time to make a post on Sportsblog.com to talk about his experience at the symposium, noting that having an older brother who was a first overall draft pick had him coming in with expectations of what the NFL life is like that helped him out at the symposium.

From Carr’s blog:

The Rookie Symposium is one of those things where you are going to get out of it what you put into it. I’m putting in my full effort, whatever I can take from here to be a better football player, a better husband, a better Dad, a better Christian…whatever I can do to be better. If it’s one quote or even one word that sticks with me, and it makes me better, then that’s what I’m looking for.

Having an older brother (David Carr) who played in the NFL has helped prepare me. He’s talked to me about what he’s been through and how he handled things. He told me to make sure I don’t get pulled in a whole bunch of different directions and to remember why you are there because as soon as you start going off in other directions and not studying as much as you should, those interviews and all of those other things stop when you stop completing passes.

Now that I’m going through it, it’s nice to know a little bit going in, but I’m still eager to gain knowledge in whatever area I can. There are things that I’d like to learn more about.

Carr’s character was a huge reason that the Raiders were high on him leading up to the 2014 Draft, with reports surfacing about the Raiders front office doing their homework on the highly touted Fresno State star as far back as during December when the team was out of the playoff race. A career driven family man with NFL bloodlines at quarterback, Carr has done everything right at this stage of his career. A player who may not need a Rookie Symposium thanks to the first hand experiences of an older brother who has helped him develop into an NFL player himself, Carr’s positive attitude towards the event shows just the type of personality he has. Something that NFL team’s covet, especially Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.

You can read the rest of Carr’s blog post on Sportsblog.com here

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  • Mark Shafer

    Whether you think the Oakland Raiders should have used yet another draft pick on a quarter or not. You have to like this guy! Besides his physical talent he has a great attitude. He wants to do everything he can to succeed.

    RAIDER NATION WILL RISE UP!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    This kid is going to be really good, there’s no doubt about it, and he has a really good head on his shoulder. You have to love the fact that he has a direct mentor in his brother. Given a short amount of time behind a veteran like Schaub, and Carr should be the face of the franchise for years to come. No more Todd Marinovich’s or Jamarcus Russell’s or fly by night guys at the end of their careers. It’s time for Raider Nation to have a QB they can celebrate for years to come (like Aaron Rodgers), and this kid can be that guy. I can’t wait!

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    If only RM HAD SIGNED DJ TO GO WITH CARR’s ARM. #TD RAAAiiiiddddeeerrrss!!!

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    It would be grand, only problem is that DA believes in MS, which will DOOM THE 2014 season…

  • Wm Bill L Rhoades

    All of your comments are awesome! They speak highly for the ‘inner person’ that Derek Carr is, that he is genuine, that even as an individual with specific talents, he is not willing to keep trying to improve, and when he is around others, already, he is up beat and positive. I think that Schaub is the same sort of person. Here, years later, after a LAMONICA, a STABLER, a PLUNKETT, a HOSTETLER, are two guys…and yes, even McGLOIN…that exemplify the RAIDER NATION and BLACK HOLE…and other loyal fans for life. Football is a ‘life experience’ that many of us, in different times, were able to try and experience. A TEAM thing, where one puts the whole above the ONE…and success seems to come when the professional gets paid, and then forgets about the providing as he goes to ‘work’, and improves his craft.
    Carr, for a young guy, has had his eyes wide open since he was serious when as a youth, he observed his brother. He emulated and copied. Didn’t a ‘guy by the name of Brady’ do some of the same thing. Envisioning ones self as successful and out on the field. Theres’ no screwing around off the field either. So YEAH and YES fellow and sister RAIDERs FANS FOR LIFE…Reggie and Dennis are doing AL right!!!!!!!!! Isn’t it a great feeling, even if it isn’t a finished product yet!
    I think that with this year ahead, the wait will have seemed worth it all. I think that the other players also, understand the ‘feelings and importance of what is happening’, as they’re all involved in a unique thing. Re-BOOT of Da RAIDERRRRRRRRRRRS! AWESOME!!!

  • Raider Grant

    I wasn’t exactly happy about the draft pick, BUT if Schaub pans out for 1-2 years to let Carr acclimate to the team & scheme; Carr could be the next golden boy of NFL. Rushing him could only lead to injury or diminish his confidence going forward. Go Raiders

  • Bob

    Then the season is doomed in that there is never any guarantee that a rookie QB will do well in his first year.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Hey is a great role model. He is real focused and I hope he will be great. He is not after boobs, bucks, and booze so that’s a big plus. Go raiders!

  • Brandon Quinlog

    i think its WAY too early to say that. noone on this team played in a 2014 season game yet. for all anyone knows shaub could bring us back to the postseason