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Many don’t realize that Las Vegas Raiders Teammates Derek Carr and Davante Adams were on the same team prior to the latter’s blockbuster trade this off-season.
Fresno State is true Carr threw and Adams caught during their collegiate careers. But they also shared an intense, life-threatening moment together that will never be forgotten.
‘We almost died together’ Adams told ESPN.
One day, the teammates decided to go rafting in the Upper Kings River in the Sierra Nevada mountains near their school, and it turned out to be a pretty bad decision.
Accompanied by Carr’s now-wife, Heather, the trip’s guide, Ryan Soares, said there was one rule on the expedition: “Don’t stop paddling.” Well, that’s exactly what happened when they entered Banzai Hole, which is a notoriously difficult rapid to paddle through.
“I’ll stop paddling as soon as we get through it because we were going – literally – down,” said Adams.
One by one they began to fall from their raft. And Soares even said you could “technically” die in the rapids, though he didn’t really think it likely. But Adams admitted that he thought this was the moment when everything would end for him, with a life ahead of him in the NFL and in Carr.
Fortunately, that was not the case. They had to swim to shore before facing a 75-foot cliff face, and they succeeded.
However, to return they had to return to the raft and complete the rapids. You can only imagine their thoughts at the time, but the golden rule was not broken this time.
“After we cleared the boat, we had another conversation on the shore about how important it is to never stop paddling. From that point on they were the best rowers I’ve ever had,” said Soares.
Sure, there are risks to playing football, but Carr and Adams probably feel much safer in pads and helmets on grass when it comes to their adrenaline needs.
The Raiders will face the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1 on Sunday, where their chemistry will be tested early. However, there is no doubt about their bond in life after that scary moment.