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If you are a sports nut you apperceive that Los Angeles Rams advanced receiver Cooper Kupp is a hasty success adventure because he was not awful recruited out of aerial academy at Davis of Yakima.
You may alike apperceive Cooper’s dad, Craig, played in the NFL. But did you apperceive that Craig’s dad, Jake, was a brilliant amateur in the NFL? Or that Jake’s adolescent brother Andy additionally had a abrupt affiliation with the NFL and played in the Canadian Football League, the Apple Football Alliance and is a affiliate of the Kitsap Canton family?
Andy Kupp and wife Nancy own an accommodation circuitous actuality and he is a affiliate of the Kitsap Tennis & Able-bodied Center in East Bremerton, breadth his arresting activity for a above abhorrent bouncer is hasty and breadth his able serve has accumulated to accomplish their mark on tennis courts about the region.
“Andy alike abutting the tennis club’s USTA aggregation aftermost year with me, and is establishing a acceptability for his cutting serve and alarming net presence,” says Larry Tuke, a man who additionally is a admired canton affiliate through his advance efforts and aggressive attributes in assorted recreational sports, including golf, racquetball, tennis, basketball and football with the anniversary Mud Bowl in Silverdale.
Kupp, 70, lives in Tracyton, and like the added able-bodied Kupps was built-in and reared in Eastern Washington. He played football and basketball at Sunnyside Aerial Academy in the Yakima Valley.
He and his three brothers – Jake, the oldest, Larry and Jeff, the youngest – all were acceptable aerial academy athletes. What is arresting is that their dad, Jacob, did not comedy sports.
“He lived his sports through us four boys,” says Andy. “Our contest goes aback to my mother, Bernice Goa Kupp, who was Norwegian. She had a brother who was absolutely a acceptable boxer.”
That brother was Ollie V. Goa, who died two years ago at 83. He was a above Marine who boxed for 12 years, acceptable the Midwest ample championship in 1954 and abundant Golden Gloves titles. He additionally accomplished baseball, basketball and football.
Andy, who was six-foot-three and blame his way to an closing academy weight of 260, didn’t comedy aerial academy baseball but his brothers all did. He instead ran the 220 and threw the attempt put and discus in clue and acreage during the spring.
After admission in 1968, Kupp went on football scholarship to the University of Idaho, breadth he played and started at abhorrent bouncer for four years. The Bengals were acceptable Kupp’s chief year, acceptable the Big Sky Conference appellation while recording an eight-game acceptable streak. The Bengals accomplished 8-3 on the year, which was best almanac in the history of the school.
Kupp was called to the Big Sky All-Conference aboriginal aggregation his chief year and was best in the NFL draft’s 10th-round (241st overall) by the New Orleans Saints in 1972, but was cut afore the division began. He active in 1973 with Edmonton of the Canadian Football League. The Eskimos fabricated the Grey Cup (the CFL’s Super Bowl) but aloof afore the big bold Kupp was cut.
“A bouncer or a accouterment came aback from abrasion and I got released,” says Andy.
He was best up by the BC Lions, but never played there because of a player’s strike. He active with Portland Storm, which traded him to the Detroit Wheels, which dealt him to the Shreveport Steamer of the Apple Football League.
After the 1974 division he absitively to end his football career.
“I aloof acquainted like I should get serious,” Kupp says. “I anticipation I was accepting a little too abundant fun.”
Since he didn’t accept a plan B, he went to assignment for a rental appliance aggregation in Seattle for a little over a year. He confused to the San Francisco breadth with the aggregation and in 1976 he and three others started a adventure basic armamentarium business that formed with avocado farms and after broadcast to farmland.
In 1985 Kupp and a accomplice were architecture apartments in Kitsap and he came to Bremerton in 1999 to change acreage administration companies. He never left. Two years after Kupp started Mortgage Pro and bankrupt it four years after back business slowed to a crawl.
“I had been self-employed back 1976 and my new wife, Nancy, said that I did not apperceive what it was like to accept a absolute job,” Kupp said. “I saw a job aperture in the Seattle cardboard in 2006 in sales with a software aggregation and I retired aftermost April from Dexter Chaney. What a ride it has been.”
Andy’s brother Jake, nine years older, was a 6-3, 250-pound guard/tight end/defensive end on two acceptable Rose Bowl amateur for Washington – 1960, a 44-8 win over Wisconsin, and 1961, 17-7 achievement over Minnesota, the nation’s top-ranked team.
“I was generally at the U back my brother was there and he alien me to Jim Owens,” says Andy. “I acquainted like I met God.”
Jake was drafted as a bound end in the ninth annular of the 1964 NFL abstract (116th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys and that started a 12-year career in the league. He played two years with the Cowboys at larboard guard, authoritative the NFL All-Rookie aggregation his aboriginal year, was traded to the Washington Redskins and again a year after was best up in the amplification abstract by the Saints breadth in 1969 he fabricated the Pro Bowl, was a aggregation captain for several seasons, inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame and called to the Saints All-40th Anniversary Team.
He was additionally already voted one of the best-dressed in New Orleans and was in the blur “Number One” starring Charlton Heston about an crumbling Saints quarterback.
Jake additionally pitched for Washington’s baseball aggregation and now lives in Yakima. His son, Craig, played sports at Selah Aerial School, breadth he was a actual acceptable quarterback and after played football for Montana Tech and again Pacific Lutheran. In the 1990 NFL draft, Craig was taken in the fifth annular (135th overall) by the New York Giants, played briefly in 1991 with the Phoenix Cardinals and was additionally in the Apple Alliance of American Football (later called NFL Europe League) with San Antonio and Montreal.
Larry Kupp played football at Eastern Washington and became a longtime teacher and drillmaster at Oak Harbor.
“He aloof was a abundant coach,” says Andy. “He additionally was the one who got Cooper at Eastern. Washington Accompaniment didn’t appetite him. Washington didn’t appetite him.”
It seems awe-inspiring now that above schools didn’t recruit Cooper, because he becoming all-state football ceremoniousness at Davis breadth he additionally helped the Pirates to a 23-2 almanac and the accompaniment 4A basketball championship his chief year, and ran 4.4 times at assorted football camps.
Cooper connected his accepting success at Eastern breadth he was a accord aboriginal aggregation All-American and was called by the Los Angeles Rams in the third annular of the 2017 NFL abstract (69th overall). His adolescent brother, Ketner, had a attack with the Rams at linebacker, but didn’t accomplish it. And Cooper’s sister Katrina will comedy soccer at Eastern Washington alpha this abatement on scholarship.
Andy admits he was not a actual acceptable academy student. In fact, he says, his focus was mainly on football.
“I absolutely capital to comedy football,” he says. “It’s all I absolutely capital to do. I didn’t accept a plan B. I was aloof the adverse of a bookworm. I had a little bit of dyslexia and was not a actual acceptable student. The one affair I consistently had was acceptable accepted faculty and that fabricated a big difference. Neither of my parents went to college, but they had acceptable accepted sense.”
That accepted faculty has taken him to success in the business world.
“This makes me beam back I anticipate of some of the accomplished memoirs,” Kupp says. “I was a clandestine pilot and flew our even to the pyramids and beaches in Guatemala and Mexico.
“Tennis and golf accept been a big allotment of my life. My wife and I like to travel, we had my retirement affair in Vietnam aftermost May.”
Terry Mosher is a longtime sports biographer for the Kitsap Sun and writes a cavalcade every added week. Contact him at email@example.com.
This commodity originally appeared on Kitsap Sun: Able-bodied Kupp ancestors has a Kitsap contingent
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