Derek Carr: Raiders “bringing a piece of Oakland with us”

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Appealing to fans in two different cities is a delicate balance following a franchise relocation, particularly when that franchise will remain in its current city for at least two seasons before migrating to its new one.

Derek Carr released a statement minutes after the Raiders’ relocation vote.

So far, so good.

The Raiders quarterback struck the right chord in his message, which he released on social media. This came after NFL owners voted 31-1 to approve the club’s relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas. It is the NFL’s third franchise relocation in 15 months and second in 75 days.

Carr wrote the Raiders will be “bringing a piece of Oakland with us” to Sin City.

Here is his statement in its entirety:

“As I sit here and see a vote that takes the Raiders to Las Vegas, I am overwhelmed with emotion,” Carr wrote. “I don’t know how we should feel. I feel the pain of our fans in Oakland. I also see the joy on the faces of our new fans in Las Vegas. As players, we will show up and give everything we have. We will compete and we will do our best to bring a championship to the entire Raider Nation.

“While I am from California and would have loved playing in Oakland my whole career, I understand the business side of the NFL. It affects us all. Oakland, our team loves you, and my family and I love you. WE will be resilient and WE will stay together because that’s what true Raiders do. WE are loyal, even when it’s hard. WE stick together, especially when it’s tough.

“So Las Vegas, you can count on us bringing a piece of Oakland with us and you are getting a tough, loyal, and competitive fan base and team. When the time comes, I hope you are ready. For now, it’s about 2017 and our diehards in Oakland. God bless & Go Raiders!”

42 responses to “Derek Carr: Raiders “bringing a piece of Oakland with us”

  1. Many Oakland fans may have been behind the team but the City of Oakland certainly wasn’t, that’s why they moved.

  2. And this is why Derek Carr is one of the classiest players in the league and exudes the true meaning of leadership.

  3. Carr is a class act, but this whole thing is a joke. Las Vegas? Seriously?
    Within 10 years, they will have to relocate again. There will be major player issues with gambling, hookers, drugs, and other temptations in Vegas that will make the owners regret this day.

  4. For a team that is supposed to have all this “pride” and one of the “best fan bases in the NFL” they sure can’t stay in one place very long. Oakland, to LA, to Oakland, now to Lost Wages. Talk about rewarding thier “loyal fans”. But hey, you still have Mark Davis as your owner.

  5. Raiders are bringing their logos, colors, last name, records and not much else. They again sold out their City and fans, but love is two way street. They weren’t getting anything back in return. The Legendary Raider Nation didn’t support them at home when they needed them the most. When is the tarp auction?

  6. Derek Carr was quoted today as saying “The toughest part of leaving Oakland is having to say goodbye to the Tarps..Say what you want about our fake fan base, those Tarps showed up every home game”

  7. I’m thankful for the stability that Roger Goodell has brought to the National Football League.

  8. I lived in Las Vegas for 8 years. It already was a Raiders town. As far as hookers ,drugs, and gambling are concerned, Oakland and Vegas aren’t that far apart, so spare me the “Moral High Ground” routine. I think the Raiders will succeed in that market, but the Las Vegas Visitors’ Authority is hoping they leave the Oakland contingent of their fanbase behind.

  9. As a Raiders fan since the early 80s and the grandson of season tickets holders in the Raiders inaugural season in Oakland this is a very sad time for me and others like me. To have the Raiders go back to LA would have sucked but I would have remained a Raiders fan. Having them go to Las Vegas will end me as a Raiders fan and as a fan of football in general.

  10. Carr is a stud and an organization’s dream for a franchise QB. And I know all to well the way he is feeling…I too have mixed emotions, but this is a positive in the way that it is an absolute joke the NFL still has a team playing on a dirt infield in 2017….I can’t even find a high school team that has to do that…..JOKE! As to all the people who claim the raider nation/fan base must not be that strong…..we are global baby, ask San Diego….ask Mexico city and LA….and now Vegas baby! Raiders will rise to the top and be there for a minute!

  11. I share the same sentiments as most about the Raider fans in Oakland. But historically, teams move due to stadium issues and this isn’t any different.

  12. I feel bad for the fans of the Raiders who live in Oakland. But this is a team that has moved before, and for all non Oakland residences, the move shouldn’t affect you at all. Not sure why this is bigger news than the Chargers or Rams or anyone else that relocates.

  13. For all you Raider Fans that are boo hooing this move, you should have used your voting power to make changes to your local government and mayor long before this came to a head. This has been a issue for YEARS and nothing has been done about it by your apathetic local government, including your mayor. Want to show them how you feel about the move? Try heading to the voting machines next election. Until then, you have nothing to complain about.

    Go LAS VEGAS RAIDERS!

  14. Derek Carr is a class act guy and there is a reason this sounds genuine because it is.

    There was a story a few weeks back about how he was driving along the road and saw a guy walking with a gas can in his hand. He pulled up to him and asked if everything was all right. The guy responded saying his car ran out of gas a few miles back. Derek told him to hop on in and proceeded to drive him to the nearest gas station and back to his car. The person he picked up didn’t even know who Carr was.

    Im sure Derek was not the first person to drive by that man, but he was the first person to stop and help.

  15. Derek,

    The only part of Oakland you might be taking is the tarp you had on your small stadium known as Silver and Blackout. You were last in attendance and revenue and thats why you are officially the Las Vegas Raiders as of today!

  16. sorry Derek, a part of Oakland will not be going to Las Vegas. Las Vegas is Las Vegas, like no other… Plenty of glitz and flash. (and debt) That is not Oakland- which has proven even in the worse of times- still loyal.

    Nor will you find a development like your current Ruby Hills there as well. If you think Clark County school district is comparable to Pleasanton’s , think again.

    Go Raiders!! (Go, go, go, go)

  17. raiderrob68 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 3:15 PM
    Carr is a class act, but this whole thing is a joke. Las Vegas? Seriously?
    Within 10 years, they will have to relocate again. There will be major player issues with gambling, hookers, drugs, and other temptations in Vegas that will make the owners regret this day.

    Gambling, hookers, and drugs? So, just like Oakland but without the drive bys’ and murders then.

  18. Let’s hope that Las Vegas get some form of longterm guarantee written in stone from the Raiders otherwise I’ll give it ten years before they start threatening to move again – probably back to Oakland.

    Any team that relocates should have to remain in their new city for at least 25 years!

  19. djcologne says:
    Mar 27, 2017 3:15 PM
    And this is why Derek Carr is one of the classiest players in the league and exudes the true meaning of leadership.
    =====================================
    Seriously, he really said nothing. What does that mean, bring a piece of Oakland with us? It’s a bunch of nothing and isn’t going to make anyone from Oakland happy.

  20. The upside to this is no city is easier and cheaper to visit than Vegas. It’s designed for fast trips. Casinos and travel agents will put together some really solid packages.

    It won’t be as fun for people who go to every game and do a big tailgate party. Or, at least, it will be a different kind of fun. But on the other hand, now a lot of people in Oakland have a good excuse for a road trip to Vegas.

    Check out The Who or Elton John while you’re there!

  21. I like Carr but that message was clearly put together by the team’s PR guys – as most such messages are when it’s about major team news – and you’re a fool if you think otherwise or if you take anything from it regards how Carr feels privately.

    What the Raiders ARE doing is (yet again) moving the team away from it’s loyal local fanbase primarily for it’s billionaire ownership to make more millions elsewhere after having sucked all it can out of Oakland.

  22. Derek… bro… nobody needs to hear from you on this one.
    It’s between fans that were fans before you were born and an owner who has forsaken his roots.
    Just play football.

  23. Whatever Derek.I am a Vikings fan. The Raiders belong in Oakland and nowhere else. I feel for you Oakland.

  24. Whatever Derek. I am a Vikings fan. The Raiders belong in Oakland and nowhere else. I feel for you Oakland.

  25. New York – 8 million pop loses 2 teams to another states
    San Diego – 3 million population losses the Chargers
    Los Angeles – 6 million population loses the Rams / Raiders
    St Louis – 2 million population losses the Rams
    Baltimore losses the Colts
    Cleveland losses the original Browns
    Oakland losses the Raiders (twice)
    Houston losses the Oilers

    but…

    100,000 population Green Bay hangs onto the Packers and this will be 4-ever
    thank-god some sanity remains in the NFL

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