Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr Helps Stranded Motorist, Then Prays With Him

The NFL star hopes to be a pastor after his playing days are over.

By Nancy Flory Published on March 21, 2017

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr played the role of Good Samaritan last week when a San Francisco DJ ran out of gas and ended up on the side of the road. Carr helped the man, then led him in prayer.

Ron Reeser, in an interview with All22, said that as he was preparing to walk to buy gas, a dark SUV pulled up and a young man asked him if everything was okay. The stranger then offered to give Reeser a ride to the gas station.

During the drive, the men began to talk about their jobs. Carr said he played football, but wanted to be a pastor when he retired.  It took a while for the lightbulb to go on for Reeser that he was talking to the young NFL star.

“He said he was a quarterback; I thought he was a college quarterback,” Reeser said. “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.’”

Before he left, Carr asked if there was anything Reeser wanted him to pray for. Reeser mentioned a few things and the men prayed, Carr’s hand on Reeser’s shoulder.

“It was such an empowering moment,” said Reeser. “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.”

Reeser later thanked Carr on Twitter and Carr replied, “God bless you too! Anytime!!!! But hopefully not on the side of the road again haha.”

Carr helping and praying for a stranger would come as no surprise to fans who keep up with the QB on social media. From scripture verses to sermons, his social media accounts are filled with accounts of his walk with the Lord. This prayer he offered two weeks ago is just one example:

Incidentally, Carr’s encounter with Reeser is not the first time the quarterback has been credited with a rescue. He was also lauded in January with helping police find a missing child.


Who knows? With a few more rescues, a few more seasons in the NFL and lots of prayer,  Derek Carr might single-handedly reverse the Oakland Raider’s long-standing reputation for thuggery. Many NFL fans would certify that as a miracle. 

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