Cooper Kupp is an American football wide receiver whose professional career started after he was selected by the Los Angeles Rams during the 2017 National Football League (NFL) Draft.
His father Craig and grandfather Jake were also NFL players drafted into the league as the 135th and 116th overall pick respectively while Cooper made it into the prestigious professional body as the 69th overall pick to continue the family legacy.
Cooper Kupp’s Bio (Age)
Cooper Kupp was born with the middle name Douglas on June 15, 1993, in Yakima, Washington. He attended Davis High School where he played football and basketball, excelling in both sports. By the time he graduated in 2012, he had made 110 catches for 2,100 yards and also received letters in basketball for three years.
Moving on, he enrolled at Eastern Washington University and signed to play college football for the Eastern Washington Eagles football team. He finished his career there with a record of 6,464 career receiving yards (highest in FCS history) and 73 receiving touchdowns (first in the history of FCS).
His NFL Career
At the end of his college career, Cooper played in the 2017 Senior Bowl and performed so well that his draft stock went high. He then attended that year’s NFL Scouting Combine and completed all the drills except for the bench press.
The young star was later selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft as the 69th overall pick. Being the seventh wide receiver to be picked that year, he became the second highest pick in the history of Eastern Washington school behind Michael Roos. The team eventually signed him to a four-year, $3.83 million contract, including a signing bonus of $954,760.
After competing with six of his teammates for the starting wide receiver role, Cooper Kupp won as he was named the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart by the head coach. He made his professional regular season debut in the game against the Indianapolis Colts. Cooper played 15 games in his rookie season, starting 6. At the end of the season, he made 62 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns.
He played his first career playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons on January 6, 2018, recording 8 receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown. During Week 5 of the year’s regular season, the wide receiver sustained an injury on his knee during the game against the Denver Broncos. Although he was carried away from the field, he still came back in the third quarter but subsequently, missed two games, returning to action in Week 9. The following week, however, the season came to an early close for him following an Anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Cooper Kupp is the oldest of Karin and Craig Kupp’s four children. He comes from a family of professional football players and is the third generation Kupp to get into the National Football League. His father, a former NFL quarterback, was selected in the fifth round of the 1990 draft by the New York Giants after he had played college football for the Pacific Lutheran University. He also played for the football franchise Phoenix Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys in 1991.
His grandfather, Jake Kupp, also made it into the NFL in 1964. He was picked as a tight end in the ninth round of that year’s draft by the Dallas Cowboys but was subsequently converted into an offensive guard. Moving forward, he played for other professional teams, including the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, and the New Orleans Saints. With the Saints, he served as a captain and became part of its 25-year All-Time Team before he was finally inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1991.
With Cooper’s selection in the 2017 draft, the Kupps became the fifth family with three generations in the NFL behind the Higgins-Suhey, Pyne, Matthews and Chickillo family trees. Cooper’s younger brother, Ketner is also following closely behind him. He is a linebacker at Eastern Washington University and will participate in the 2019 NFL draft.
The Kupps have had life’s joys and trials at different times just like every family, but what binds them together through it all is devotion to each other, love for athletics and, above all, their faith in God. “It’s part of who we are”, Cooper’s father explains, adding that their relationship with Jesus is the center of their lives”.
Cooper Kupp is married to Anna Kupp who was born Anna Marie Croskrey on March 22, 1994, in Kennewick, Washington. Anna is the daughter of Nathan and Veronica Croskrey and has three siblings named Matthew, Aaron, and Sarah.
She was a student at Richland High School in Richland, Washington and upon her graduation from the school in 2012, she proceeded to Eastern Washington University to study Public relations major. The couple met through sports; this is not surprising as Anna was in track and field and Cooper was on the Eastern University Eagles football team at the time.
The footballer got engaged to his sweetheart in the Spring of 2014 and by June 20, 2015, they had their wedding. Speaking on their wedding day, Cooper talked about how he knew that Anna was the one for him from the very first time he met her.
They welcomed their first child named Cooper Jameson Kupp in early July 2018 and who knows? He might turn out to become the fourth generation of the Kupps in the National Football League.
Cooper’s Height, Measurements
The Los Angeles Rams wide receiver is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 208 lbs or 94 kg. As a high school freshman, he was only 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 120 pounds. He did not blossom physically until his junior year but on getting into college, Cooper grew to a chiseled 6 feet 1½ inches and weighed 205 pounds (92.9 kg).
The player has an arm length of 31.5 inches (0.80 m) with a hand size of 9.5 inches (0.24 m).