Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, the 2012 Mountain West Player of the Year, visited Minarets High School April 30 as a guest speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
An early Heisman candidate for 2013, his name is Derek Carr and he is the starting quarterback for the Fresno State Bulldogs.
The multipurpose room at Minarets was packed with student athletes who were eager to hear the personal story of someone they look up to. Carr, who's name has mentioned as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate in 2013, talked about everything from being recruited by many big schools in the country to competing at a young age with his older brothers including David, now playing for the New York Giants.
Carr stressed to the students that it is not about the fame and the fortune of being a star athlete, rather it is about the impact that you make because of it.
He talked about his Christian faith and how it has helped him to fight through struggles such as playing through a torn abdomen injury last season. He said that there were some games where he felt like he could barely walk before the first snap but prayer helped him overcome the pain.
"I go to schools to encourage student athletes to live with character," Carr said.
Former Fresno State safety Lorne Bell, who has become a regular at the meetings, also spoke to the students.
Carr finished his talk by encouraging students to be leaders on campus and to always strive to do what is right in tough situations.
The students were captivated by his determination and the stories he told of battling it out in front of thousands of fans.
"I can't wait to get this season started," Carr said. "I've waited my whole life to take Fresno State to the level it is currently reaching. Last year we won the Mountain West title and we plan to do it again next season."
When asked by a student whether Fresno State will beat Boise State next season, Carr said if there is one team he can't wait to beat, it is definitely Boise State.