The wife of Los Angeles wide receiver Cooper Kupp thanked the Lord after her husband helped bring his team to the Super Bowl for the second time in four years.
Cooper, who played college football at the Eastern Washington University, helped bring the Rams to Super Bowl LVI after scoring two touchdowns in Sunday's NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. Following the victory, Anna Kupp rushed onto the field and jumped into her husband's arms in an emotional moment captured on video.
Anna, who describes herself as a "Child of the King" on her Instagram account, posted the video to her account, thanking God in the caption.
"This moment. These moments!!! Thanking God for every one of them," she wrote. "We have prayed for a season to glorify our Savior Jesus Christ, and you are doing just that, my lovey @cooperkupp. SURREAL!!"
In a recent interview with ESPN, Cooper shared that he instantly knew that Anna would someday become his wife. The couple met as high school seniors during a track meet at Davis High School in Yakima, Washington.
"I knew that she was the one that I wanted to marry when we had first met back in high school," he noted. "I told my mom the day I met her, 'I'm going to marry this girl.'"
The two began dating and even had to endure a long-distance relationship for a couple of years during college. Anna initially attended the University of Arkansas, where she competed as a heptathlete, while Cooper attended Eastern Washington University. After nearly two years at the University of Arkansas, Anna would join Cooper at EWU. They tied the knot the summer after she transferred schools.
"We just were so aligned in terms of what our goals were and what we wanted to do moving forward and what we wanted to be about as a couple," Cooper said. "And the belief that football was the community, was the place that I was supposed to be, that we were supposed to be, and that's where God placed us."
"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.'"
Cooper went on to become a four-time FCS All-American and set 15 FCS records in 52 collegiate games, including 6,464 yards, 428 receptions, 73 touchdown catches, 124.3 average yards per game and 1.40 average TDs per game.
Since being picked up by the Rams in the 2017 draft, Cooper has started in 57 out of 71 regular-season games. In 2019, he topped 1,000 receiving yards (1,161) for the first time and added 10 touchdowns.
Cooper, 28, reached new heights this season by being named a Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro for the first time.
He became the fourth player since 1970 to win the triple crown after leading the league with 45 receptions, 1,947 receiving yards and 16 receiving touchdowns. Cooper is also the first player in NFL history to exceed 2,000 receiving yards (regular season and postseason).
The Rams are set to face the Cincinnati Bengals in their first Super Bowl in four years next Sunday (Feb. 13). They currently have one championship win under their belts after beating the Tennessee Titans in 1999.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.