Two weeks after he was named most valuable player in the Los Angeles Rams’ 23-20 Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Yakima native and former Eastern Washington University football star Cooper Kupp received an honor closer to home when the Senate today passed a resolution celebrating his football career, work ethic and humility.
The resolution recognizing Kupp was sponsored by 6th District Sen. Jeff Holy, R-Cheney, and 14th District Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima. The resolution can be viewed here.
Kupp, who starred in football and basketball at Davis High School in Yakima, set several national records as wide receiver at Eastern before being drafted in the third round by the Rams in 2017. Kupp was named first-team All-Pro for the recently concluded 2021 season after leading the National Football League in receptions (145, second most in a season in NFL history), receiving yards (1,947, also second most in a season in league history) and receiving touchdowns (16).
During his floor speech on the resolution, Holy, whose district includes EWU, said there is more to Cooper Kupp than his amazing athletic performances.
“Let’s talk about being a role model,” said Holy. “Cooper Kupp is a family man who, along with being a man of strong faith and moral base, also seems to understand that he has an opportunity to provide an example for others and to be a role model for those coming behind him.
“Cooper Kupp seems to live his faith in his involvement in the community and several charitable organizations, including Spokane’s own Second Harvest. Focus, achievement, loyalty, role model. Today I’m proud to honor Cooper Kupp, not only as a role model for so many, but the quality of man that we’d all like to have as a friend,” added Holy.
TVW’s coverage of the reading of the floor resolution and Holy’s comments about Kupp can be viewed here.