Cooper Kupp is a hot name in football right now. The 23-year-old Los Angeles Rams wide receiver has won Offensive Player of the Year Award and is ranked #4 among NFL’s top 100 players of 2022. He was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Super Bowl LVI after helping the Rams secure a victory. But none of this would have happened without the love of his life, Anna Kupp. Meet the strong, supportive, and beautiful wife of the NFL star.
Cooper Kupp’s Record-Breaking NFL Career
Cooper Kupp was born June 15, 1994, in Yakima, Washington. His father was an NFL quarterback, and his grandfather was an NFL offensive lineman. He graduated from Davis High School as a lauded athlete in both basketball and football. He received scholarship offers from Idaho State and Eastern Washington Universities and accepted the offer from his home state.
After breaking freshman records for touchdowns and receiving yards in 2013, Kupp was named the recipient of the Jerry Rice Award for the Football Championship Subdivision. Cooper kept up his game, graduating from Eastern Washington with the most receiving touchdowns and receiving yards in FCS history.
Cooper Kupp was a shoo-in for the NFL. When the Rams recruited him, they wanted him for good. He’s considered the team’s greatest asset and has continued to impress the world with his athletic finesse. He signed a 4-year, $3.83 million a year contract with the Rams in 2017. Kupp was named NFL Offensive Player of 2017.
In 2020, Kupp was offered $48 million a year for a 3-year contract. He earned the triple crown, was named Super Bowl MVP, and led the Rams to Super Bowl Victory in 2021. So, it should be no surprise that in 2022, he was offered $80 million for a 3-year contract extension.
Anna Kupp’s Career: Athlete, Mother, and Cooper’s Rock
Anna Kupp was born Anna Croskrey in Kennewick, Washington. Raised in Richmond, WA, Anna attended Richmond High, nearby to Cooper’s high school. They met at a high school track meet when they were both senior in 2012. Anna presented Cooper with a medal when cupid struck them with his arrow.
“I knew that she was the one that I wanted to marry when we had first met back in high school,” Cooper told ESPN. “I told my mom the day I met her, ‘I’m going to marry this girl.'”
They fell madly in love but then were faced with a harsh reality. They chose to attend colleges 1,800 miles apart. Cooper went to Eastern Washington and Anna went to the University of Arkansas. At the University of Arkansas, Anna competed as a heptathlete while studying public relations. Anna’s specialties in the 7-event heptathlons were javelin, long-jumps, 100- and 300-meter hurdles.
But after less than a year apart, Anna and Cooper couldn’t stand the separation. So, Anna enrolled at Eastern Washington and was reunited with her love.
They became engaged in March 2014.
While attending college, Anna financially supported both she and Cooper. Anna’s first job was as a cashier and server at Rokko’s Teriyaki in Cheney, Washington.
“I supported us monetarily through college,” Anna told ESPN. “I was working full time so that he didn’t have to worry about that, so that he could focus.” She added that, while they knew they could ask their parents for help, they made a conscious decision to be completely independent as a couple.
Meanwhile, Cooper could focus on football.
“Without a doubt, there’s no doubt in my mind, not only would I not be here where I am today without her or accomplishing the things that I would be doing,” Kupp told ESPN. “I really believe I may not be in this — I may not be in the NFL if it wasn’t for her and what she has inspired in me and pushed me to do.”
Anna Inspired Cooper to Work Harder
One of Cooper Kupp’s best friends, Austin Wagner, reiterated how Anna helped him succeed.
“Anna is his rock,” said Wagner. “I don’t think there’s a Cooper without what Anna’s done for him. She’s a person that really expects a lot out of the people around her and has kind of a high threshold for excellence… Cooper works harder because of that.”
Anna also has been credited with teaching Cooper about healthy nutrition and fashion sense. Both of these changes are apparent to people who knew Cooper when he wore sweats and ate enormous amounts of food to nourish his 6’2”, 208 lb frame.
“So it’s funny to see the transformation,” Wagner told ESPN.
To this day, Anna is Cooper’s biggest supporter, the mother to his kids, and an athlete. She participates in a women’s basketball league along with Rams star Matthew Stafford’s wife, Kelly. And Cooper has claimed that she can run laps around him during CrossFit workouts, too.
The Kupp’s Love Life
Cooper and Anna tied the knot in June 2015, following their college sophomore year. They told ESPN that they whittled their original 800-person guest list down by posting a sign-up sheet in a locker room. They still had over 400 people in attendance, which they further dealt with by telling everyone to bring their own alcohol.
Shortly after finishing college, the couple adopted a puppy named Louise (Lo). They made the big leap from dog parents to biological parents the following year.
Anna gave birth to their first son, Cooper Jameson Kupp, on July 3, 2018. They affectionately call him “June,” which is short for Junior. Their second son, Cypress Stellar Kupp, was born January 17, 2021.
Despite Their Hard Work, the NFL Couple Credits God for Providing
“We are filled beyond anything we could ever imagine. God is good,” Anna wrote on Instagram after Cypress’ birth. She included a passage from the Book of Isaiah:
“Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the LORD, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” Isaiah 55:13
Cooper and Anna Kupp are also devout Christians and aren’t shy to express their gratitude in and trust in a higher power.
“A lot of people ask, ‘Why did you guys get married so young? Didn’t you feel you were missing out?'” Anna told ESPN. “And you’re telling them, ‘No, we actually think the opposite. We feel so lucky to have found someone that we love and cherish so much so early.'”
“It’s hard to put into words,” Kupp told ESPN about having Anna by his side. “I really feel like I’ll probably have to sit down and write it out and put it together. … I just don’t think I can sit here and tell you just off the top of my head and have it do her the justice that she deserves for all this.”