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NFL’s worst trash talkers, Raiders’ move to Vegas and more dishes from Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and his older brother David gave fans a chance to get inside their head.

The former Fresno State stars held Inside the Huddle at the Saroyan Theatre in downtown Fresno on Saturday evening where proceeds went to Valley Children’s Healthcare, an institution the Carrs care deeply about.

The 90-minute event was first held in Modesto in early 2017. It was a night of listening to the brothers talk football, including a breakdown of the top plays of the Raiders’ 2017 season and other topics.

Plays such as those against the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers.

Fans asked 17 questions to Derek and David. Here are some of the highlights:

How does Derek Carr feel about coach Jon Gruden coming to the Oakland Raiders?

“We’re very similar. In a lot of ways than more people think. He cares about me being great and I care about him being great.”

Who’s the worst NFL trash talker they’ve faced?

“Bart Scott is a terrible human being,” David Carr joked. “He said some bad things. He said some awful things about my children. He hits me and he grunted and he said, ‘Hey, man, Jesus loves you.’ I said ‘you don’t get the Jesus thing, bro. You don’t get it.’”

Derek Carr said former Buffalo Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes “literally told our center at one point or one of our players, he was going to be a free agent. And he said, ‘Man, dude, you’re going to be a free agent and there is no way the Raiders are going to pay you after this.”

How does Derek Carr face criticism from the media and fans?

“For me, if I didn’t have my faith, the game gives you a lot of highs and a lot of lows. I love people. I always want to make everyone happy. What God has done for my life is I really have a heart for those people. Whenever they say those things, I think about if I was in that situation I will never say that. They must have something going out inside that they want to lash out and feel better about themselves. I really care for those people.”

How will the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas in 2020 affect the central San Joaquin Valley?

“That’s not going to change,” Derek Carr said. “Our team is moving. My heart hurts for Oakland and I love the Bay Area. I do know the Central Valley is home and that’s never going to change.”

Derek Carr said Marshawn Lynch is “one of my favorite teammates of all time. He gives so much to the city of Oakland.”

John McKim of Atwater said he bought two $40 tickets because wanted to hear for himself what Derek Carr goes through in a game.

“Hearing his mindset,” he said. “When he’s in the huddle and what he’s thinking about. How long does he have before he can get rid of the ball? Just dig into his mind and see what he’s thinking when he’s out there.”

Veronica Cisneros of Fresno said she attended the event so she can learn more about football. “I wanted to get a little more insight on what happens inside the huddle,” she said. “So I can have more discussions with males and actually know more about football on what’s going on in the game.”

Derek Carr had a message for Raider Nation about the upcoming 2018 season.

“Reset button,” he said. “Start over with Gruden and I’m pumped for that.”

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee

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