Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr has been a fan of his new Raiders teammate for a long time

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was impressed with wide receiver Hunter Renfrow in the 2017 College Football national championship.

That is because Renfrow sealed Clemson’s 35-31 victory over Alabama when he caught a 2-yard touchdown from Deshaun Watson.

Carr sent out a tweet then.

Fast forward to 2019, Renfrow was selected in the fifth round (149th overall) by the Raiders on Saturday and he’ll be catching passes from Carr.

Carr was reminded about the tweet.

And Renfrow remembered that tweet, as well.

“Yeah, I remember that, I really do,” Renfrow said in a conference call. “I remember sitting on the bus and I was like, Derek Carr tweeted at me? This dude is, this is the Derek Carr, and I was so excited.”

Renfrow slipped away from a defender at the goal line and was alone for the game-winning touchdown. On top of that, it was the second touchdown of the game for the former walk-on.

That was the same year when Carr received his contract extension and spoke about “this money is going to help a lot of people” and “not only in this country but in a lot of countries around the world.”

Renfrow remembers listening to Carr.

“He was talking about the more money he makes the more he can give it away,” he said. “I just love that. That’s what it’s all about. So, it was cool. He was able to tweet at me and I was like, ‘This is unbelievable.’ So, it was cool to come full circle and be able to play with a guy like that.”

Raiders draft picks

(Rounds 4-7 on Saturday)

Round, Player

1 (4) DE Clelin Ferrell

1 (24) RB Josh Jacobs

1 (27) S Johnathan Abram

2 (40) CB Trayvon Mullen

4 (106) DE Maxx Crosby

4 (129) CB Isaiah Johnson

4 (137) TE Foster Moreau

5 (149) WR Hunter Renfrow

7 (230) DE Quinton Bell

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.