Everything You Need To Know About Cooper Kupp
The new NFL season can’t get here soon enough.
After one of the most unexpected post-seasons we’ve seen in years and a very exciting Draft, we really want to see how things will play out this year. You can find the best NFL odds on next season here.
Will the Rams continue their unprecedented success? How will the Bengals’ collection of ex-LSU players compete in the NFL? Why did Tom Brady return from retirement so quickly? What will we see from Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes next year? Will the Lions finally have a good season?
We don’t want to have to wait for the answers to these questions, but we must. So, today, we thought we would provide some distraction and take a deeper look at the Super Bowl MVP of 2022.
In 2022, the same man one Offensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP in the same year – pretty impressive!
Today, we will be talking about the life and career so far of Cooper Kupp.
Cooper Kupp was born in Yakima, Washington in 1993. If you recognize his surname it is because his father, Craig, was an NFL quarterback, and his grandfather, Jake, was an NFL offensive lineman.
He is from a well established NFL dynasty. Only 5 families have had three generations Drafted into the NFL.
In high school, Kupp had success in both basketball and football. In both sports, he earned himself state honors and the Seattle Times named him as their best player of the year after he graduated from high school.
The whole state was shocked when Kupp wasn’t offered a single scholarship from outside of Washington. Eastern Washington was the only school that offered him a football scholarship, he was eventually offered one by Ohio State too.
Kupp had recorded 110 catches for 2,100 yards – so many were shocked by his lack of offers.
Kupp ended up staying in-state for his education. He took Eastern Washington up on their offer and played football for their team, the Eagles.
He graduated high school in 2012 and made his debut for the Eagles in the 2013 season. The Eagles play in the Big Sky Conferences of the NCAAF. In his first season, Kupp blew away the competition.
He racked up receiving yards (1,691) and total touchdown catches (21) – he led the league in both of these statistics. He was also given the Jerry Rice Award. He was the first Eastern Washington player to receive the award and the first Big Sky Conference player to ever win it.
In his next year, Kupp managed 104 catches for 1,431 yards and 16 touchdowns. That was in only 13 games. He was named to multiple All-BSC teams and All-NCAAF teams.
In his third season, Kupp completed 114 catches for 1,642 yards and 19 touchdowns. He broke the Big Sky Conference record for most catches in a season, he was named BSC MVP, and he won the Walter Payton Award.
Kupp ended his college career with a final season of 117 receptions for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns. Kupp went into the Draft listed by many as the 8th best wide receiver in the year.
Kupp ended up being drafted much earlier than expected – he was drafted 69th overall, by the Los Angeles Rams. He was the 7th wide receiver to be picked that year, and the second highest pick in the history of Eastern Washington.
After the pre-season, Kupp was named the 5th wide receiver in the squad.
He made his debut in the first game of the season, where he made 4 catches for 76 yards. For the first half of the season, he struggled to get game time but did make a big impression when he stepped on the pitch.
He got his first start in Week 9. By Week 14 he was considered the top wide receiver for the team. He ended his rookie season in 2017 with 62 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns.
He played 8 games in his second season (2018), and he finished the season with 40 receptions for 566 yards and six touchdowns. He was injured and struggled with a slow recovery, that year the Rams made it to the Super Bowl but lost to Brady and the Patriots.
In 2019, Kupp racked up 94 receptions for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games. The team failed to make it to the playoffs.
In 2020, Kupp finished the season with 92 receptions for 974 yards and three touchdowns over 15 games and 12 starts.
2021-22 Season and Super Bowl
Kupp had one of the best receiving seasons in the history of the NFL. He made 145 catches for 1,947 and 16 touchdowns. He led the league in all three of these stats.
With the help of their new quarterback, Matthew Stafford, the Rams topped their division. They then powered through the playoffs – knocking out the Cardinals, the Bucs, and the 49ers – before beating the Bengals in the Super Bowl.
In the Super Bowl he made 8 catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. He was named the Super Bowl MVP for his efforts.