Austin Carr Retires from NFL With ‘Total Trust in Jesus Christ’
By Movieguide® Staff
Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver penned a heartfelt, faith-filled letter announcing his retirement from the National Football League.
“After much prayer and consideration, I’ve decided that it’s time to turn the page on my career in the NFL. It feels surreal to be moving on from this 20-year stint of lacing up the cleats every fall, but I’m committed to following the voice of God, and it has become clear that up ahead He has a new and exciting future prepared for my family and me,” Carr wrote.
Carr entered the NFL as a free agent in 2017 who first signed with the Patriots before they waived him later that year. He was then picked up by the Saints where he bounced around the practice squads and active rosters. He was ultimately released earlier this year.
The footballer thanked his coaches, agent, family, and wife before talking about the role his faith played in this decision.
“To the Lord, who has protected, guided and loved me all along, You are eternally worthy of all glory, honor and praise from these undeserving lips. Truly, I can sing with the psalmist, ‘Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!’ (Psalm 115:1),” Carr said.
“A wise man once said, ‘If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.’ It’s not always easy, but it’s always right for us to put our total trust in Jesus Christ. Here’s to the next season of life, stepping out onto the water of His calling,” Carr concluded.
While Carr may not be the most famous player in the league, he says he looked up to one of the best – former Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
When Brees retired, Carr wrote a tribute on Instagram:
Serious competitor, but not too serious to goof off with teammates.
Strong leader, but not too strong to humbly follow others’ lead when in error.
World famous, but not too famous to chat with your family.
Loyal teammate, but not too loyal to neglect his duties at home.
Break bread with teammates kind of guy. Eat alone with undrafted rookies kind of guy. Stay late and study, take them out for dinner, front row of Bible study, give fatherhood advice, lead the team in prayer type of guy.
Much to miss but even more to look forward to.
Much love @drewbrees ‼️
Carr did not specify what his next career steps would be.
The Saints will next play Russell Wilson’s Seahawks on Oct. 25.
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