Super Bowl LVI: Los Angeles Rams
ChurchLeaders recently profiled L.A.’s standout wide receiver Cooper Kupp. This year, the 28-year-old became the first 2,000-yard receiver in NFL history and the fourth player since 1970 to win the receiving Triple Crown. Kupp, an outspoken Christian recently named to his first Pro Bowl, quotes Scripture during press conferences and has a Christ-honoring merchandise line.
Kupp credits his NFL career to the hard work of his wife, Anna, who held a full-time job during college so Cooper could pursue football. After the Rams won the NFC Championship Game last month, Anna Kupp posted an Instagram video of the on-field celebration. She writes, “This moment. These moments!!! Thanking God for every one of them. We have prayed for a season to glorify our Savior Jesus Christ and you are doing just that my lovey @cooperkupp. SURREAL!!”
Longtime Rams punter Johnny Hekker frequently talks about his faith—and the benefits of being in God’s Word. The 32-year-old, who was named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team, attends team Bible studies and has even held baptisms in his backyard swimming pool. “God is on the throne,” Hekker tweeted on January 30. “Thankful for His love and the blessings that have come with this season.”
Before playing in the Super Bowl three years ago, where the Rams lost 13-3 to the Patriots, Hekker told a Sports Spectrum reporter: “The depth of knowledge that you get from actually opening up the Word and reading it, and just the experience that you get the more you sit down and really practice that [is amazing].”
Until now, Rams tight end Kendall Blanton has mostly served a backup role. But the 26-year-old will likely start the big game on Sunday, filling in for the injured Tyler Higbee. “First and foremost, I just want to thank God for my journey,” Blanton said earlier this season, after scoring his first NFL touchdown. “Even being undrafted…was a blessing,” he says, because it led to his current role with the Rams.
In his Twitter bio, Blanton describes himself as a “follower of 1,” next to a cross emoji. Last week, he posted: “This is the day the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it #lookatGod.”