Christian Football Players in the NFL
#16. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders quarterback
When Carr signed his new contract last year for $25 million he was the highest paid NFL player in history. At the news conference announcing the deal Carr pledged to tithe the huge amount.
That’s quite a commitment from a man who admits he strayed from the faith after being raised in a godly Christian home. He says the love of Jesus expressed through a woman drew his heart back to God.
One day God used a beautiful young woman, Heather Neel, to get his attention. They met at BJ’s Brewhouse, where she worked as a server. “I hit on her. I talked to her. I used a corny pickup line and it worked. She told me I needed to come to church with her.”
Heather began to pray for Derek to come back to the Lord. “One day we got in an argument over something. I won the argument and then she grabbed my hand and started praying for me.”
“That is the day my life changed and I said no to sin.” He married Heather in 2012 and they have two sons.
“I grew up in this church and I knew who Christ was and I knew who God was and I loved him,” Derek shared in his home church in Fresno, Calif., in 2015.