That was the case Saturday when the team held its first practice in training camp when many alumni watched from the stands. Carr took it all in.
“Whenever you get the legends that used to play here, that laid the foundation that put the legacy out there that gave us goals that we want to achieve,” Carr said.
“When you get a group of them and they begin to tell stories and you get to hear how they practiced and you begin to hear about their times in the locker room or their times in the meal room, it’s just those things that bring it all to life.”
Carr said he sees Clovis resident and former Clovis High quarterback Daryle Lamonica plenty of times and said the Raiders legend (1967-74) jokingly told the ex-Fresno State star “now don’t break all the records.”
Carr came close in the 2015 season when he threw 32 touchdowns – two shy of tying Lamonica’s 1969 season performance for the most in franchise history.
In an interview with The Bee in 2016, Lamonica’s simple advice to Carr: “Keep improving and working on the things that will work and execute.”
Carr said he hopes some day an upcoming Raiders player asks him questions.
“It’s just fun to be around those guys,” said Carr, who said his favorite all-time Raider is cornerback Charles Woodson. “It really is because someday I’m going to be that old guy that hopefully some young guy will want to talk to me, too.”