Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was named to his first Pro Bowl on Wednesday when the former Fresno State star replaced Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.
“First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii,” Carr said in a news release. “Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support. Third, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all of the opposing players and coaches that voted for me. That means more to me than they know. Go Raiders!”
Carr is the first Raiders quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon in 2002. The only other Raiders quarterbacks to earn the honor are Daryle Lamonica of Clovis, Ken Stabler and Jeff Hostetler.
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Carr this season passed for 3,987 yards with a 61.1 percent completion rate (350 of 573), 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a passer rating of 91.1.
Carr finished his second NFL season tied for seventh in the league in touchdown passes and six 300-yard passing games.
Carr was the Raiders’ second-round selection (36th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has started all 32 games over his first two NFL seasons – the first offensive player to do that in Raiders history. His 53 career touchdown passes rank second most by a player through his first two seasons.
The Pro Bowl will be held Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu and will be televised on ESPN.
Rodgers dropped out of the Pro Bowl with an undisclosed injury.