Derek Carr lands largest NFL contract in history, says will tithe the money
Logos Post News Desk - The Oakland Raiders quarterback, Derek Carr just became the highest paid football player in NFL History, signing a 5 year, $125 million contract with the Raiders.
When asked what he would do with the money, Carr's first response: tithe the money. The tithe is a word that means 10%, a principle taught in most Christian churches and one that Carr has put into practice since college, when he tithed on his $700 scholarship check.
Carr first joked that he would splurge on Chick-Fil-A food, something he has had to cut out of his diet now that he is in the NFL. Next thing he said, in all honesty was give the tithe,
"First thing I will do is tithe, like I have been doing since college with my $700 on a scholarship check. That won't change, I'll do that. Then I'll probably give my wife something nice, even though she begs me not to," said Carr who explained that his wife still cuts coupons and searches the internet for deals and coupons. The tithe on this contract would equate to over $12 million dollars by the time the five year contract expires, more than many family and corporate foundations.
"The exciting thing for me money wise, honestly, is that this money is going to help a lot of people. I am very thankful to have it, that its in our hands because its going to help a lot of people in this country and around the world, and that's very exciting to me," stated Carr.
The Increase online magazine states Carr was born into this world with strong faith and a gift from God reporting that Carr told them,
“I have a very strong faith in God. He is the reason I play football. He has given me this special talent and I want to use it to glorify Him. I am grateful for the opportunity to further His kingdom by sharing my faith on and off the football field. At any moment, any second, my football career could be taken away, but my faith and relationship with God will never be taken from me,” Carr says.
“The three most important things in my life are faith, family, and football,” Carr said. But it wasn't until his girlfriend in college, now his wife Heather confronted his hypocrisy that he really got serious about walking the walk.
According to The Increase, “Christ became real to me when my wife (Heather), who was just a friend at the time, wrote me a letter that said, ‘You’re not the person I thought you were.’”
“He would say one thing, and act the opposite,” Heather recalls. “He talked about God, and how much he loved God, then I would see him going to parties, hanging out with girls.”
Now, with the largest contract in NFL history, he is going to be tested again, this time to remain faithful and dependent to and on God when his pocket book says he doesn't need anything.