For years, the Oakland Raiders were known for being the NFL’s renegade franchise. Their fans reside in the “Black Hole” and refer to themselves as the “dark side.” However, it’s difficult for the organization to keep their scary reputation with Derek Carr as their quarterback. The face of the Raiders just happens to be one of the nicest players in the league.
The genuine, always-smiling and friendly Carr struck again on Tuesday.
God bless you too! Anytime!!!! But hopefully not on the side of the road again haha https://t.co/A3ntQoUHw2
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) March 15, 2017
In an interview with All22.com, bemused Bay Area DJ/music producer Ron Reeser explained his chance meeting with one of the NFL’s rising stars, a player he knew all about but didn’t initially recognize. In the Bay Area suburb of Dublin on Tuesday afternoon, Reeser ran out of gas in his car. As he pulled to the side of the road and prepared to take a gas can to the gas station for a fill-up, a young man in a dark SUV pulled up and asked Reeser if all was OK. When he told the stranger of his issue, the driver told Reeser to hop in and he would drive him to a gas station.
The two men struck up an easy conversation on the drive. They spoke about Reeser’s work in the music business. He asked the driver what he did for a living and he said that he played football, adding that he is very religious and wants to become a pastor when he retires. On the return from the gas station, Reeser asked the driver more about football.
“He said he was a quarterback; I thought he was a college quarterback,” Reeser said on Wednesday. “I asked him what string he was. He said ‘first string.’ I asked him his favorite team. He said, ‘I may be biased, but the Raiders because I play for them.’ I looked at him and said, ‘Wait’ … and I asked him his name. He said ‘Derek Carr.’
“He couldn’t have been more down to earth. He was wearing a hat and basketball shorts. I had no idea. He was just driving by and helped. It really made me feel good that there are good people still out there doing nice things for people.”
The two talked more about life and exchanged contact information before departing. As Reeser was leaving, Carr asked him if there if were anything Reeser would like to him to pray for. Reeser mentioned three things. Carr then asked if he could pray for him, and put his hand on Reeser’s shoulder and prayed.
“It was such an empowering moment,” Reeser said. “It’s just not something I expected to happen after running out of gas. Some of the people I’ve told about it said maybe it was a sign to help me restore my faith in people doing the right thing.”
The experience also may have another affect on Reeser.
“I’ve grown up a Niners fan,” Reeser said. “But the last year was pretty tough, and after my experience with Derek, I just may become a Raiders fan now.”
Tuesday’s act of kindness wasn’t the first time Carr has helped in the community. In January, the Oakland Police Department credited him for helping locate a missing child.
— Lt. Chris Bolton (@OPDChris) January 15, 2017