Bo Jackson Says Derek Carr Can Be “Next Russell Wilson”


Oct 26, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Jackson is one of the names that resonates when people talk about the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders greats due to his popularity in just four short seasons with the Silver and Black. The two sport athlete from Auburn was one of the most popular athletes in the world when he played for the then Los Angeles Raiders, becoming one of the best running backs in the NFL and even supplanting Marcus Allen as the team’s primary rusher during his peak. So even though he played for four years in the NFL, people still consider him a Raiders legend.

According to an interview with the Oakland Raiders official website, Jackson thinks rookie Derek Carr can also become a legend with the franchise as well as one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Jackson went as far as saying that Carr can be “the next Russell Wilson,” in comparison to the Super Bowl champion passer with the Seattle Seahawks.


"Q: A lot of people around the facility are really excited about rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Have you been able to see any of him and do you have any impressions of what he can bring to the table?Jackson: “This kid can be the next Russell Wilson. I’ve heard people comment on him, about his talent level and the things that he brings to the table. It seems like this kid has his head on right. If he does what he’s supposed to than he can be a leader. If he can be the leader, the Raiders can get back to the winning form that they’ve had.”"

Carr has a long ways to go and a lot of winning to do before he his on the level of Russell Wilson, but Jackson feels that Carr has the leadership as well as the mindset to get there. The entire Raider Nation hopes that becomes true as for now the fate of the franchise’s rebuild seems built on the foundation of Carr becoming a franchise quarterback, something the Raiders fans as well as the organization won’t truly know until the promising rookie passer’s career develops.