Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's greatest play comes off the field
Dec 24, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr uses his Twitter influence to help the Oakland Police Department find an abducted child

While the on-field play of quarterback Derek Carr was the main reason the Oakland Raiders finished 12-4 this season, it was a move off the field that should be celebrated.

While many sports stars seem to cause problems with their use of social media platforms, Carr used his Twitter account and his 250,000 plus followers to bring attention to a child abduction in the city of Oakland this week.

The quarterback’s retweet of the information shared by lieutenant Chris Bolton helped bring awareness to a serious issue with amazing haste, and the child was located a short time later unharmed. Bolton took to Twitter to thank Carr for his help in bringing awareness to a situation that could have resulted in disaster.

The Raider’s enjoyed a successful season and return to the playoffs for the first time since falling in Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Derek Carr was enjoying a career year and the Raiders appeared to be serious contenders before he was lost for the playoffs following a broken fibula in week 16.

It’s always heartwarming to see an athlete’s’ character turn out to be as good as his on-field play, and hopefully, more athletes will follow his lead and use social media for the benefit of the community.

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