Before the Rams could win the Super Bowl, they had to get there first.
To get there, they had to beat Tom Brady and the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kupp best when it matters most
With just 28 seconds on the clock and the score tied at 27-27, Rams quarterback Matt Stafford throws deep, and there, at the ten-yard line, confident Cooper Kupp catches and sets the basket winner with 4 seconds left in the game. 9 catches, 183 yards and a touchdown. Mission accomplished. On to the Super Bowl.
Wait…I’m sorry…I got ahead of myself. I forgot to mention the previous playoff game (which you have to win to advance to the divisional championship) against the San Francisco 49ers in which Kupp finished with 11 catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-17 Rams win. .
The numbers don’t lie
Kupp’s extraordinary regular season has been described as arguably the best wide receiver season of all time. Kupp led the NFL in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and touchdown receptions (16). As a result, he became the fourth player since 1970 to win the reception triple crownjoin Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers1990), Sterling Sharpe (Green Bay Packers1992), and Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers2005).
But the job was not done. Still a little work to do. The Cincinnati Bengals were waiting. Kupp and company were ready. Two touchdowns including the winner with 1:25 left in the game.
Any remaining time for a local celebration
Since then, life has been a blur…”Hey Cooper Kupp, you just won the Super Bowl and you were named MVP…what next?” Yes, he and his family were going to Disneyland! Then a trip to Vegas, a Hollywood parade, honors and awards, and all the hype he surely deserved.
But that’s the thing with Kupp, he’s really not driven by individual honors and recognition. The ultimate team player finds that kind of spotlight a bit too bright, leaving folks back home in Yakima wondering what kind of celebration to throw to honor the favorite son and football hero.
Yakima County Commissioner Amanda McKinney took to the radio this morning to talk about the behind-the-scenes efforts to throw a super community celebration that matches the low-key style of Yakima’s humble Super Bowl champion and MVP.
Stay tuned, as plans are finalized, you’ll hear them here and you’ll want to be there when Coop comes home.
Finally, one last conversation about Kupp’s greatness…because he never gets old!
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Sometimes pictures are the best way to honor the characters we’ve lost. When tragedy quickly reminds us that sport is far from the most important thing in life, we can always recall the moment of victory of an athlete who seemed larger than life, remaining grateful for his sacrifice on the ground and bringing joy to millions of people.
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