Joe Kapp children: Meet his son Will Kapp

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This article will inform readers about the son of Joe Kapp, an American football player, coach, and executive.

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Kapp’s mother (Florence García) was of Mexican-American heritage, and his father was of German descent. He was raised in California, in the San Fernando Valley and Salinas, where he played quarterback for Hart High School in Newhall, now a part of Santa Clarita.

Kapp played college football at the University of California, Berkeley, where he led the California Golden Bears to a Pacific Coast Conference championship in 1958 and the Rose Bowl, where they lost to Iowa. This remains California’s most recent Rose Bowl appearance. Kapp was named an All-American and was also awarded the W. J. Voit Memorial Trophy in 1958 as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast.

A two-sport athlete and fraternity member of Kappa Alpha Order in college, he also played on the basketball team and was a member of the 1956–57 and 1957–58 squads that won the Pacific Coast Conference championships. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the university in 1959.

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Kapp was selected in the 18th round of the 1959 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, who owned his rights to play professional football in the United States. After the draft, Washington did not contact him, so his only choice was to accept the offer from Jim Finks, the general manager of the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

In 1961, the BC Lions, then the CFL’s newest franchise, traded four starting players to the Calgary Stampeders for Joe Kapp. The move paid off for the Lions when Kapp led the team to a Grey Cup appearance in 1963.

The Minnesota Vikings in 1965 had drafted running back Jim Young out of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He had spent the 1965 and 1966 seasons with the Vikings but wanted to return to Canada.

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In 1967, Kapp’s first season in the NFL, he started 11 of 14 games for the Vikings, compiling an unusual record of 3 wins, 5 losses, and 3 ties. Kapp completed only 47 percent of his pass attempts with 8 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Early in the 1969 season, Kapp tied an all-time record when he threw for seven touchdown passes against the defending NFL champion Colts on September 28. He is tied with seven other players (Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y. A. Tittle, Nick Foles, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees).

In 1982, Kapp was hired as the head football coach at his alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley. He had never coached before.

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In December 1981, Kapp made a promise to the football team that he would not consume any of his favorite alcoholic beverages, tequila until the Golden Bears reached the Rose Bowl, which they did not under Kapp; indeed, as of 2022, the Golden Bears have yet to return to the Rose Bowl – they were Pac-10 co-champions in 2006 but a loss to USC sent them to the Holiday Bowl instead.

Kapp and fellow Canadian Football Hall of Fame player Angelo Mosca came to blows at a 2011 Canadian Football League Alumni luncheon. The source of the bad blood between Kapp and Mosca is a hit Mosca made on Kapp’s teammate Willie Fleming in the 1963 Grey Cup game. The hit, which Kapp and many others considered dirty, forced Fleming out of the game. Mosca’s Tiger-Cats defeated Kapp’s Lions 21–10 for the 1963 championship.

Who is the son of Joe Kapp?

There’s very scanty information about the son of Joe Kapp, Will Kapp. The only information about Will Kapp is that he is a Rugby player.


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