Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr received a get-well wish from his favorite pro athlete following surgery on his broken leg in Los Angeles.
Five-time NBA champion and former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant tweeted his support.
“Come back better than ever @derekcarrqb,” Bryant wrote Tuesday.
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The former Fresno State star got a Twitter notification from Bryant and responded.
“No problem! Thank you for the motivation! Means more than you know!” Carr replied.
Carr’s right fibula was broken in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s victory over Indianapolis. Recovery from Tuesday’s surgery is expected to take six to eight weeks. Matt McGloin is scheduled to start at quarterback for Sunday’s season finale at Denver. The 12-3 Raiders have clinched a playoff berth.
Carr is a longtime fan of Bryant’s. After the Raiders’ season-opening 35-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints, Carr channeled his own Mamba.
“You just take a deep breath and you just try your best to really do as you’re taught,” he said. “You try and slow it down. I’m a big Kobe fan, so that Mamba mentality. You have to go out there and you have to have it.”