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Derek Carr mural goes up in Fresno ahead of Raiders training camp. Where you can see it

Omar “Super” Huerta has a passion for all the paintings he’s done in Fresno.

He’s done many murals in southeast Fresno featuring everyone from Selena and Tupac to Nipsey Hussle.

But in central Fresno on the wall at Dream Makers are murals of former Raiders coach Tom Flores and WBC super lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez.

Huerta added a third mural to the wall featuring Raiders quarterback and former Fresno State star Derek Carr.

“Very pleased to paint Derek Carr,” Huerta said. “After the great feedback of the post the Raiders showed of Tom Flores, I had to come out here and paint Derek.”

It was perfect timing for Huerta to decide on a painting of Carr because the NFL season is about to begin in a week with training camp.

The Raiders will arrive in Napa on July 25 and will begin training camp on July 26.

Huerta knew the importance of getting the Carr mural done before the season starts.

“I think everyone would be pleased to have him on here because Fresno (has) a lot of Raiders fans,” he said. “I believe Raiders fans will enjoy this and will come and take a look.”

Carr is on the cusp of setting the franchise’s passing yards mark. He needs 340 yards to pass Ken Stabler’s mark of 19,078 yards.

Huerta started the Carr mural Thursday evening working until 1 a.m. He skipped Friday and Saturday because of the 100-degree weather. He did the finishing touches Sunday morning.

“I came the first night with an overhead projector and projected the image,” he said. “I was out here six hours and came (Sunday) for a couple hours and did the final touch-ups to make sure everything was nice and sharp.”

The mural is located at 426 N. Blackstone Ave.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, agalaviz_TheBee

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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.
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