A common inspirational quote says, aim the moon so that even if you fall, you will land on the stars. If there is one person who is a good example of this saying, then it is NFL star, Cooper Kupp. The football star currently serves as a wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. Kupp first dabbled into the sport as a kid and spent all his childhood years compiling his list of football goals.
This list contained some outrageous dreams, and many wondered whether he would be able to achieve them. The little boy, however, refused to be discouraged and kept his eye on the ball. Today, Kupp is one of the most promising wide receivers in the league. A four-year veteran, he has distinguished himself as a good blocker, route-runner, as well as a gritty player who is capable of winning 50-50 passes. How did Kupp get to where he is now?
Cooper Kupp Was A High School Basketball Champion
Although he has become a well-known personality in American football, not many know that Cooper is also good at basketball. Born Cooper Douglas Kupp in Yakima, Washington, on June 15, 1993, his parents named him after their beloved dog, who had died while his mother was pregnant with him. His name was also inspired by former NFL blocker, Archie Manning, who had also named his eldest son Cooper. Given such a background, it was not surprising that the young Cooper Kupp fell in love with football as a child.
What, however, came as a surprise was the fact that he was also good at basketball. The young lad played both sports throughout his high school days and excelled at both. On the football field, Cooper recorded 110 catches and 2,100 yards, and received 4A All-state honors. On the basketball courts, he led his school to 23 victories in 25 matches on their way to winning the 4A state championships.
He Set Different Records in College
Given his impressive high school career, one would have expected that Cooper Kupp would be courted by several colleges, but this was not the case. Many schools were turned down by his relatively small size and refused to make him offers. He, therefore, ended up with just a few, and eventually, he chose to attend Eastern Washington University. During his college career, Kupp was redshirted in the first year.
He then got his chance to shine in his second year and utilized the same effectively. In that year, the Yakima native recorded a total of 1,691 receiving yards, 21 touchdown catches, and 93 receptions. All of these stats constituted national freshman records, and he, therefore, received a slew of accolades. They include the 2013 Jerry Rice Award, consensus First-Team All-American Honours, Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year award, and the 2013 FCS Wide Receiver Award.
Cooper Kupp continued his impressive form throughout his remaining three years of college and set records for most career receptions (428), total receiving yards (6464), and receiving touchdowns (73) in the FCS. He also received other honors, including the FCS Offensive Player of the Year (2015), Walter Payton Award (2015), Second-team All-Big Sky Conference Punt Returner (2016), 3x First-team FCS All-American (WCFF), and lots more.
Making A Name For Himself in The NFL
Cooper Kupp became a professional football player in 2017 and was selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the 69th overall pick of that year’s NFL (National Football League) Draft. Heading into the Rams’ training camp, he had to compete with the likes of Robert Woods, Pharoh Cooper, Mike Thomas, Josh Reynolds, and Bradley Marquez for the position of a starting receiver. He eventually ended up fourth in the charts but did not let this weigh him down.
Kupp gives his best whenever he is called upon, and by week nine of his rookie season, he was named the starting wide receiver for the team. The Yakima native went on to finish the season with 62 receptions for 869 yards and 5 touchdowns and was consequently named to the PFWA All-Rookie team of the year. Since that impressive debut season, Cooper Kupp has remained the first-string wide receiver for The Rams and has continued to record impressive output.
He has also started all of the Rams’ games save for some injury-forced layoffs in his second season. The most notable was an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which he sustained in week 10. The injury saw him miss the remaining five games of the season. He also missed Rams’ postseason run, which culminated in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl LIII championship. Perhaps the team would have won if Cooper had been there, but that is something we will never know.
Details of His NFL Contract and Earnings
Kupp is presently on a four-year standard rookie contract that he signed with the Rams in 2017. The deal is worth $3.831 million and sees the wide receiver earn an average salary of $957,940 annually. Given that this is his very first deal since he turned pro, the young man wouldn’t have accumulated much of a fortune at the moment. There is, however, no doubt that he would be offered improved contracts if he continues in his impressive form. The wide receiver also stands a good chance of making bank through endorsement deals, as many brands like to recruit NFL stars to help them popularise their products.
Meet His Wife Anna And Their Kids
While most of his peers are happy to utilize their fame and date models and Hollywood starlets, Cooper Kupp decided to go outside the box. The Rams star is happily married to his college sweetheart, Anna Kupp (nee Croskrey). Anna is a native of Kennewick, Washington, and she holds a degree in communications and public relations. She is also athletically gifted and was a heptathlon during college.
Kupp and Anna first met while they were both students of Eastern Washington University. They started dating around October 2013 and have been together ever since then. Part of the secret to their longevity has been the fact that they both understand the pressures of being a pro athlete. The couple exchanged marital vows on June 20, 2015. They have since welcomed a son named Jameson Kupp, who was born in July 2018.
Did You Know He’s A Third-Generation NFL Player?
Cooper Kupp’s achievements in the NFL thus far doesn’t come as a surprise given his illustrious family background. The wide receiver hails from a lineage of athletes, including his father, Craig Kupp. Craig is a former NFL quarterback who was drafted by the New York Giants in the 5th round (135 overall) pick of the 1990 draft. He then went on to play for teams such as the Phoenix Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys before retiring. On the other hand, Kupp’s mother, Karin was an All-American soccer player in college. She is now a personal trainer and organizes boot camps for aspiring athletes.
Another illustrious athlete in Kupp’s background is his paternal grandfather, Jake Kupp. Jake was an offensive lineman for the University of Washington before he was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1964 NFL draft. He then went on to play for several teams, and the most notable among them are the New Orleans Saints who later inducted him into their hall of fame. Asides his parents and grandpa, Cooper also has two brothers, Ketner and Kobe, and a sister, Katrina. Ketner played college football as a linebacker at Eastern Washington, while Katrina has soccer scholarship to the same institution.