It is no secret how much Derek Carr admires Brett Favre.
From his days at Bakersfield Christian High to his career at Fresno State and now with the Oakland Raiders, Carr has worn No. 4 to show his appreciation for the former NFL star.
Just last month, Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree called Carr a “gunslinger” – a label often used to describe Favre.
Favre, who was at the San Francisco Giants’ baseball game Wednesday, told CSN Bay Area: “I don’t know if I consider him a gunslinger.”
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Favre went further and was complimentary toward Carr.
“I think he’s a little more polished (than I was),” the soon-to-be Hall of Famer said. “And I mean that with all due respect. I think he’s done a tremendous job in Oakland. I like the way he plays. I think he’s a little more polished. I like to watch him. A good player.”
The Carr-Favre comparisons began at organized team activities in June when Crabtree noted how much Carr had developed in his second season in the NFL.
“We talk all the time on ways to get better on the field, and I feel like he has taken that step, taken control of the offense, doing more managing of the game at the end and the beginning,” Crabtree said. “I feel like that gunslinger, he is always going to be a gunslinger and I love that. That’s the old Brett Favre-type of quarterback, but really managing Brett Favre. Brett Favre is one of the greatest players to ever play.”
Through two seasons, Carr passed for 7,257 yards and 53 touchdowns.
Favre, meanwhile, only played two games in his rookie season, but in 1992 and 1993 he played extensively and passed for 6,530 yards and 37 touchdowns.
Favre was drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991 and later was traded to Green Bay. He took the Packers to the playoffs in his third season in the league.
Carr is entering his third season after he was drafted by Oakland in the second round in 2014.
The Raiders report for training camp July 28 in Napa.