Carr and his New York Giants head to San Francisco next Sunday to play in the NFC Championship game
Jan. 15, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. -
Former Fresno State quarterback David Carr recently sat down with gobulldogs.com before the New York Giants' playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers for a little Q&A session.
Carr, along with another Bulldog alum Bear Pascoe, and the rest of the Giants head to San Francisco next weekend to face the 49ers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. PT.
Now in his 10th NFL season, Carr was the No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans in the 2002 NFL Draft. He has thrown for over 14,000 yards and 65 touchdowns in his NFL career.
As a Bulldog, Carr won the 2001 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm given annually to the nation's top senior quarterback after he became the sixth player in NCAA history to throw for over 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in the same season.
Below is the Q&A session with David Carr, giving Bulldog fans the chance to get up-to-date with one of the all-time greats in Fresno State history.
GoBulldogs.com: Being in your 10th NFL season, can you share a couple of your favorite moments whether it be from draft day or from your time in Houston, Carolina, San Francisco and New York?
David Carr: "Where do I start? I would say, just speaking football wise, Draft Day was pretty special. Just being able to be in that green room with my family and other top picks and not having to worry about where I might end up. I had already moved into our home in Texas. In Houston, football wise, my First win, in my First start against the Dallas Cowboys is something I will never forget. Couple that with my LAST win, as a Texan vs. the Colts and Peyton Manning. That was the last game they lost that season as they went on to become Super Bowl Champions. The best thing that happened in Carolina was getting a chance to meet Ryan and Natalie Kalil. They have become some of our best friends, and we are so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet them and very thankful for our time in Carolina. Finally, as we speak I am sitting in a hotel in Green Bay, two wins away from a Super Bowl trip of my own...just might be a "Favorite Moment" in the making.
What is the playoff atmosphere like in New York City? It's got to be pretty wild being in America's largest city with the largest media market.
: "It's pretty special, aside from the home game atmosphere, the craziest thing I've seen is the "Line" to get into our locker room for the media. Must have been 100 people waiting to get in, and I'm trying not to exaggerate."
GoBulldogs.com: How special is it from a player's standpoint to be on a playoff team?
David Carr: "All I know is we played a team last week who has a Great player, probably a H.O.F. player in Tony Gonzales. He has played for what?, 15 years?, and THAT was his first playoff game. So, Yea, pretty special."
GoBulldogs.com: Throughout your career, pro or college, is there one team that you enjoy/did enjoy going up against the most and why?
David Carr: "I enjoy playing against great players more than any "team", I always like to go up against great QB's. I like to see how they operate. I enjoy watching Brady, Rogers, Peyton, although in five years in the AFC South, I have seen ENOUGH Peyton. What an amazing player."
GoBulldogs.com: In your days as a Bulldog you were surrounded by a group of talented receivers in Rodney Wright and Bernard Berrian to name a few. Your brother is in the same position now at Fresno State as you were. How much does having talented receivers around you help out on the life of a quarterback?
David Carr: "You are only as good as the team that surrounds you. Derek has the talent and the makeup to become one of the greatest players to ever walk down the ramp, but without his teammates he won't make a dent. I was blessed to have amazing teammates both that helped me score now and then and sometimes more importantly, teammates that kept the other team from scoring. Football is the greatest TEAM game in the entire world. It takes just that to be successful."
GoBulldogs.com: What was it like for you playing in front of a packed house at Bulldog Stadium?
David Carr: "When Bulldog Stadium is FULL, and the fans are truly behind the team, with a talented and capable squad on the field......isn't a better environment in college or professional level."
GoBulldogs.com: Are you excited to see the new brand of football that coach DeRuyter is bringing to the Valley?
David Carr: "I am, but more importantly I am excited to get back to California and sit down with Derek and watch some game film of last season, and then also to help him in any way that I can in preparing to take this team to the next level."
GoBulldogs.com: With your youngest brother playing for Fresno State now and you having three sons, is there the possibility that one day that the Carr family legacy at Fresno State will continue?
David Carr: "I'm pretty certain Derek won't be the last Carr wearing Bulldog Red."
GoBulldogs.com: Growing up, who were some of the quarterbacks that you looked up to?
David Carr: "Growing up, I was a Bulldog fan and therefore a Trent Dilfer fan. NFL wise, I loved watching Dan Marino rip it all over the yard."
GoBulldogs.com: What are your plans for when your playing days come to an end? Are we going to see you on TV as an analyst, would you ever want to get into coaching or do you have other business aspirations?
David Carr: "I think it would be a waste if I just kept all the knowledge and experience that I have gained in the last 15 years of college and professional football to myself..... I will be actively evolved with my three boys and helping them achieve whatever they set their minds to accomplishing. I also have a five-month old daughter who will be given EVERY opportunity I can imagine to be successful in whatever she chooses to pursue. After that, if I have any time leftover, I could see myself coaching and also, being that I am SO much better looking than my two brothers, broadcasting might not be that big of a stretch."
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