When Cooper Kupp was a starter for Davis High School in Yakima, Wash., few people predicted he’d one day be an NFL player, let alone a superstar.
Few people thought he’d be able to play in college.
Kupp signed with Eastern Washington University after receiving no scholarship offers from major collegiate programs. He went on to become a record-setting All-American at wide receiver and a surprising NFL possibility.
He’s now the Super Bowl MVP.
Kupp caught eight passes for 92 yards and two scores in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday night, leading the Rams to a 23-20 victory over the Bengals. With 1:25 remained in the game, Kupp’s touchdown reception proved to be the game-winner.
“I don’t have any regrets or hold any grudges against anyone,” Kupp, who is 28 and is in his fifth NFL season, said after the game to reporters. “All I can say is that I’m grateful for the road I’ve taken.”
Kupp remained humble as he accepted the MVP trophy in front of a national NBC audience.
“I don’t think I’m deserving of it. God is simply amazing “Kupp wiped away tears as he spoke. “I’m incredibly grateful for the people I get to hang out with, for the coaches, and for my family.”
Three years after losing 13-3 to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, the Rams have attained the pinnacle of American football. Kupp did not play in that game because to an injury he received in November of the previous year.
Kupp, an ardent Christian, claimed that after that game, God gave him a “vision” regarding future on-field success.
“I wasn’t able to be present when we walked off the field for the final time in 2019 after losing to the Patriots. … God revealed to me that we would return, that we would be a part of a Super Bowl, that we would win it “Kupp remarked. “And I was going to walk off the field as the game’s MVP in some way. And I told my wife about it because I couldn’t tell anyone else because I couldn’t tell anyone else what it was.”
“There was just a belief [this season], every game, it was just – it was written already,” he remarked, referring to the vision.
He explained, “I got to a place where I was validated not by anything that happened on the field, but by my worth in God and in my Father.” “And I’m just grateful beyond words.”
When a reporter asked Kupp how the vision came to him, he answered, “I had just walked away from the field. It was crystal clear. It hit me as I walked off the field, turned around, and walked back through the tunnel. You were as visible as I could see you right now.”
Kupp believes he is undeserving of his honors and achievements.“They’re team awards,” he said. “You don’t ever see a successful receiver without all the other 10 guys on the field doing their jobs.”