The drive of so many lifetimes, the drive of their son’s lifetime, was right here and now.
Craig and Karin Kupp have been seated in a set with members of the family close to the 10-yard line on the alternative aspect from the place a boyhood dream would quickly be realized.
Their boy Cooper’s dream.
Their boy Cooper, who wasn’t ok for USC or Stanford or the College of Washington, who started proving the doubters incorrect at Japanese Washington and by no means stopped as soon as he became arguably the best receiver in the NFL.
And now, late within the morning after Cooper caught the 1-yard TD move from Matthew Stafford that made the Rams Super Bowl 2022 champions, and made Cooper the Tremendous Bowl MVP — proud mother and father Craig and Karin Kupp have been on their very own drive of a lifetime. It’s the drive a father and mom get to make when their son — alongside together with his two little kids and Matthew Stafford and Aaron Donald and their kids — shout out to the world on their postgame area of goals, “We’re all going to Disneyland!” Mother and pa have been going to Disneyland, too.
The parade in Anaheim was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Pacific time and it wasn’t essentially the worst factor on the planet that it might need to start with out them.
“We’re nonetheless in Los Angeles, we’re dropping Karin’s mother [Linda Gilmer] off on the airport in Burbank, after which we’re heading right down to Disneyland making an attempt to make the parade for Coop’s little factor,” Craig was saying a little bit earlier than midday PST. He laughed a father-of-the-MVP chortle and added: “I don’t suppose we’re gonna make it although.”
I cautioned him to not get a dashing ticket and Karin mentioned: “Perhaps we’ll get a police escort!” they usually each laughed.
It was Bengals 20, Rams 16 when the Rams started their ceaselessly drive from their 21-yard line with a little bit greater than six minutes left at SoFi Stadium on Tremendous Sunday night time.
“I used to be telling my son Ketner and my spouse,” Craig started, “I mentioned, ‘They’ve gotta put this in Matthew’s and Coop’s arms (chuckle) on this drive.’ After which dwell and die with the outcomes. I’m simply so completely happy the way it turned out clearly, and I’m so completely happy for Matthew having the ability to do what he did, and for Coop to return up large the best way he did, too. After which for the protection to shut it out. We have been ecstatic.”
You guess they put it in Matthew and Coop’s hands. The Rams have been in enterprise following Stafford’s 22-yard missile over the center to Kupp.
“That was a heckuva throw,” mentioned Craig, a quarterback at Pacific Lutheran, a fifth-round draft alternative of the Giants who obtained to comprehend his NFL dream, if solely briefly. “For Matthew to step in and ship that ball, he needed to wait only a second for him to clear. Yeah, that was an important one. We have been super-excited on that. They’ve achieved it a bunch of occasions this season, did it once more.”
Earlier than lengthy, Stafford and Kupp stood 1 yard from the Lombardi Trophy.
“I’m pondering if it’s gonna get in the long run zone, I’m pondering Cooper’s a fairly good guess,” Craig mentioned.
A significantly better guess than Eli Apple keeping Cooper from catching the winning TD. Craig was requested in regards to the scene within the suite.
“It was simply bedlam,” he mentioned. “Matthew Stafford’s household was within the suite proper subsequent to us, so yeah, between the 2 of us, there was lots of high-fives, lots of hugs, lots of tears. Yeah, hugs in between the 2 suites. It was actually a particular second.”
Cooper’s spouse, Anna, left the suite to take their boys, 3-year-old Cooper (all of them name him Juney) and 1-year-old Cyrpress right down to see their father and play within the confetti.
“Folks speak about perhaps goals coming true. … You watch him, all the pieces he’s gone via since eighth grade, simply working laborious and placing the effort and time, and simply trusting that’s the place God positioned him to be,” Karin mentioned, “and it’s simply cherry on prime of all of the frosting and all the pieces else. It’s prefer it’s simply been layer upon layer of additional sprinkles, and to win that MVP’s simply that cherry on prime … doesn’t get any higher than this, actually. Simply unbelievable — plausible however unbelievable, is what I might say.”
Cooper finally got here as much as the suite for hugs and kisses and picture-taking. “Plenty of pleasure,” Karin mentioned.
Craig and Karen chuckled as they recalled Cooper’s first journey to Disneyland after becoming a member of the Rams.
“He’s 24 or no matter and he’s obtained a first-time customer button and stuff,” Craig mentioned, and laughed.
Craig paused when he considered what watching Cooper’s journey from then to now means to him:
“I don’t know. … It nonetheless kinda appears a little bit dreamy to me. It’s settling in and sinking in. However to suppose again on the street that Cooper’s been on, and the work that he’s put in. … All of the folks which have been positioned in his life alongside each step of the best way to have the ability to assist him accomplish like this. … It’s simply actually gratifying. Each father or mother needs their child to go for it, and to do one of the best that they’ll, and for Coop to have the ability to do this and discover his factor and kinda attain the top of the top with this newest deal, you simply can’t ask for something extra. I’m so pleased with him.”
Craig and Karin didn’t make the journey from Yakima, Wash., to attend the Rams’ 13-3 loss to the Patriots in Tremendous Bowl LIII in Atlanta as a result of Cooper (torn ACL) couldn’t play in it. Craig’s father, Jake, as soon as a guard who performed 12 years within the NFL, largely with the Saints, obtained to get pleasure from this one, too. “Ohmigosh, he’s on Cloud 9,” Craig mentioned. “He didn’t have actually even a playoff celebration in his 12-year NFL profession, and to have the ability to have a good time one thing like this, with household and with Cooper. … It was very very, very particular for him.”
Kupps Runneth Over yet another time.
At 1:17 Pacific Time, Craig Kupp texted: We made it to Disneyland.