Derek Carr has waited for this day for a long time. Ever since watching his big brother David star for the Fresno State Bulldogs in the late ‘90s, it was Derek’s dream to one day put on that same uniform and represent his native California Central Valley.
Tonight, during halftime of to the Bulldogs taking on the Incarnate Word Cardinals at 7pm, Derek Carr will have his number 4 jersey retired.
“That’s going to be a special moment,” said Derek Carr. “I’ve been thinking about it, too. I was like, ‘Man, I hope I don’t all of a sudden get randomly emotional.’ I literally dreamed of that since I was this tall. Every time I walked in that stadium for my brother’s games, I would tell my dad, ‘Yeah, they’re going to put Dave’s up there, but they’re going to put mine, too.’ Then when I was there, it said, ‘Carr 8,’ obviously, every day I walked down that ramp. I said, ‘They’re going to put my name right next to that.’ It drove me. It pushed me to want to, again, change a culture of things that were going a certain way. It’s just one of those moments that I’ve dreamed of. Thank God it’s coming true.”
Fresno State tweeted out this cool video of Derek Carr hyping up his teammates back when he was setting school records.
Over four seasons, three as the starter, Carr completed 66.7% of his passes with school records for yards (12843), completions (1086) and touchdowns (113).
In total, he set 27 school records and 21 Mountain West records. He was twice named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year.
As a senior he became the fourth player in FBS history to throw for over 5000 yards (5082) and 50 touchdowns in a season and won the Sammy Baugh Award for the nation’s top passer.
All 40,000 fans expected to be in attendance will receive a Derek Carr T-shirt.