Rams WR Cooper Kupp’s Grandfather Is a Forgotten New Orleans Saints Legend

Cooper Kupp has given Los Angeles Rams fans plenty of reasons to be excited about whatever the future holds.

A third-round selection in 2017, Kupp has grown into one of the league’s most dynamic weapons under head coach Sean McVay’s tutelage.

Anyone who doubted Kupp’s ability to produce at the NFL level should have taken another look at his genes and family background. Kupp’s grandfather, Jake, is a forgotten New Orleans Saints legend.

Cooper Kupp is the Los Angeles Rams’ star receiver

Cooper Kupp entered the NFL as a third-round selection from Eastern Washington, an FCS program in Cheney, Wash.

Kupp burst out onto the scene as a rookie with 62 catches for 869 yards and five touchdowns across 15 games and six starts. He hauled in eight catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Rams’ wild-card round loss to Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.

Kupp totaled 40 catches, 566 yards, and six touchdowns in eight games to open the 2018 season before he tore his ACL. If Kupp played all 16 games, he was on pace to finish the year with 80 catches, 1,133 yards, and 12 touchdowns.

Kupp bounced back in 2019 in a big way, turning 94 catches into 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Cooper Kupp had a phenomenal 2020 season

Before the 2020 season began, Cooper Kupp went back to his college roots and changed his number from No. 18 to No. 10.

The jersey change appeared to pay off. Kupp caught 92 passes for 974 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games and 12 starts for the Rams.

According to Pro-Football-Reference, Kupp had 510 yards after the catch and continued growing into one of the league’s most underrated weapons.

Kupp caught four passes for 78 yards in the Rams’ 30-20 wild-card round upset of Russell Wilson and the Seahawks on January 9.

Kupp’s grandfather, Jake, is a New Orleans Saints legend

Cooper Kupp isn’t the only member of his family to enjoy success in the NFL.

His grandfather, Jake, was a ninth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1964. Kupp earned All-Rookie honors in 1964 after starting 10 games at left guard — and that came after the team converted him from tight end to offensive lineman.

After bouncing around several teams in the coming years, Kupp caught on with the New Orleans Saints in 1968. The Saints kept him at guard — the Washington Redskins had experimented with him playing tight end — and the marriage paid off for both sides.

Kupp earned Pro Bowl honors in 1969, the same year he served as one of the Saints’ captains. He held the rank of offensive captain for four straight seasons from 1969-72, and then again in 1974.


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The Saints inducted Kupp into the team’s Hall of Fame in 1991.

Craig, Jake’s son, played quarterback for three teams from 1990-991 and backed up Troy Aikman on the Dallas Cowboys. And, of course, Craig’s son is Cooper Kupp.

All stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.