I don’t say people are great example lightly, but if you’ve read the recent on Cooper Kupp and his wife Anna you’ll see that their story is one many young Christian married people should take note of.
Had another post lined up, but felt this was a better one based on the fact Cooper’s team won in dramatic fashion yesterday off two big catches he had on the last 2 plays of the game — 2 minute highlight video of the two teams dueling it out at the end. If you don’t follow the NFL, Cooper Kupp is a wide receiver on the Los Angeles Rams and is one of the best receivers in the entire game and playing in the NFC Championship game next weekend. Article below.
Kupp and then-Anna Croskrey met at a track meet as high school seniors.
“I knew that she was the one that I wanted to marry when we had first met back in high school,” Kupp said. “I told my mom the day I met her, ‘I’m going to marry this girl.'”
They began dating before Anna headed to the SEC, where she competed as a heptathlete at the University of Arkansas. But not long after, they decided the distance and separation was untenable.
Anna enrolled at Eastern Washington, losing nearly two years of course credits that wouldn’t transfer and caused her to double-time it so she could graduate on time.
She and Kupp, both grounded in their faith and family, became inseparable.
“Coop and Anna — they were a team,” said Zach Wimberly, a former Eastern Washington teammate. “No matter what they did, they’re doing it together.”
It only seemed natural that they would get married the summer following her return. No need to wait.
“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,” Kupp 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.”
After football practice, Kupp drove his white Nissan Pathfinder — often with teammates in passenger seats hoping their ride wouldn’t experience one of its infamous breakdowns — across the Eastern Washington campus from the red-turf Roos Field to the restaurant, where a special someone would be expecting him.
Behind the cash register or serving orders in Styrofoam containers, his wife, Anna Kupp, worked her first job.
“I supported us monetarily through college,” Anna said, laughing, almost in disbelief she pulled it off. “I was working full time so that he didn’t have to worry about that, so that he could focus.”
Cooper’s goals pertained to football, and he discovered after a summer of morning workouts followed by an afternoon landscaping gig that he felt exhausted when the season rolled around.
Football, along with school, had to be his full-time job. Anna supported and sacrificed, while also attending college, in every way she could.
Fairly humble beginnings. Cooper Kupp has part of mission for God through ministering and working in football and being a good example there. Anna is on board.
Anna basically sacrificed her college (lost 2 years of credits transferring) and worked at a diner through college to support Cooper so that he could fully focus on football. Nothing was too “low” or “demeaning” for Anna to be a great helper (e.g. Genesis 2) to Cooper.
The question of “Why so soon?” often arose — Cooper was 22 and Anna 21 — with skepticism they would miss the rite of passage young adults experience in college.
“A lot of people ask, ‘Why did you guys get married so young? Didn’t you feel you were missing out?'” Anna said. “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.'”
They re-framed the so-called “worldly wisdom” of:
- getting to know lots of differnet people before marrying (aka fornicating)
- waiting to marry and settle down
- waiting until after college and getting a good job
- and many others
These talking points are always espoused by both liberals and the cucked tradcons instead of understanding what is truly important. The delays in marriage and negative consequences of fornication are becoming more and more prevalent each day.
“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 said. “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.”
But when asked on a late-October day after practice — as his historic season mounted — what we don’t already know about him, Kupp was quick to respond.
Anna, he said, doesn’t get enough — or really hasn’t received any — credit for his accomplishments.
And she should.
It could be curious, given his track record of dedication, why Kupp was so adamant that he wouldn’t have been able to succeed at the highest level without Anna.
“Anna is his rock,” said Austin Wagner, Kupp’s best friend from high school. “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.”
It’s interesting because his friend tries to put it into words but gets it a bit wrong. It’s not that his wife is his rock, but that Cooper is sincerely and extremely grateful of having such a supportive wife that builds him up and doesn’t tear him down. Wives should be aspiring to that.
Often, where you’d see Cooper, there’d be Anna. It was the college experience they wanted and created.
“Being able to find time to be together and find meaningful time together, but also getting things done, I’m just so appreciative,” Cooper said. “Appreciative of her and her willingness to do all that.”
Anna was a fixture at pregame movie nights with Kupp and a few of his closest teammates.
“Movie nights were the best,” said teammate Jordan West, one of Cooper’s groomsmen. “We’d watch everything from ‘Finding Nemo’ to ‘Gladiator’ to ‘Miracle.'”
Anna would work out on the field during offseason 7-on-7 contests and challenge Cooper in the weight room.
“I’d go and do a CrossFit workout with her and she would just run laps around me in these workouts,” Kupp said. “I mean, it is unbelievable.”
She’d watch film with him, usually sitting at receivers coach Nick Edward’s desk, where she’d bring her homework or a book.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’d walk in and Coop would be sitting there watching film and Anna would be there with him as well,” Wimberly said.
And on game days, Anna would put together goodie bags, with cookies and a passage or note written by Cooper, to set at players’ lockers.
“This can’t get me into too much trouble now, but I had a key to the facilities and was able to get into the locker room whenever I wanted to,” Kupp admitted. “So I’d just give her the keys to go into the locker room and she would put them in guys’ lockers and get out of there.”
“If you showed up in your locker and you had cookies from Anna before the game,” Wimberly said, “you were blessed.”
When Kupp suffered an AC sprain in a shoulder and could barely move or lift the arm, Anna was his caretaker, propping him up with pillows and helping him get dressed.
“Coop had that support system with Anna,” West said. “She was always there for him.”
And then there were the finances. A young, married couple in college, Anna and Cooper wanted to prove they could make it on their own without relying on their parents.
“I’m sure if we had asked our parents like, ‘Hey, we really need some help here, they certainly would’ve helped out,” Kupp said. “But as a married couple, we thought we needed to be able to separate and be us and take care of ourselves.”
Their efforts paid off, as Kupp was named a four-time consensus FCS All-American and established 15 FCS records at Eastern Washington.
West understands it a bit more than the other friend. Anna is like a strong support system who was always there for him.
But most men would be jealous to have a wife like Anna not just because of her sacrifice to help Cooper but because of her graciousness, generosity, and kindness to all those around as well.
Most men, including Cooper, would not hesitate to sing her praises either.
Although I’m sure they’ve had some issues, it appears that they’re modeling Christian marriage very well and are a good examples for others. Cooper identified his mission for God and career path and strives for excellence in that. He clearly loves and is appreciative to his wife for everything she’s done. Anna basically sacrificed her own college and probably career to be supportive of Cooper and is enjoying their family and success. She is also very thoughtful, kind, and generous to those around. Both appear to be setting a great example in their community for their faith.
The biggest takeaway underneath the inspirational story is that modeling the headship-submission/helper and love-respect Biblical marital roles and responsibilities shows that despite their vehement denial that is actually what the world wants. It’s so inspirational and awesome that this happened according to the world. But Cooper and Anna pulled out the Bible and told them about headship and submission they’d “hate” it.
This is why the RP maxim on women “Don’t watch what they say, look at what they do” is so important. Not just because it’s applicable on women (and women dating in relationships with men for that matter as well), but our actions matter more than our words. Jesus even told us that what we say will not necessarily be the turning point of being a good witness but what we do:
John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
It is by following God’s commands, especially in marriage, and doing good that many unbelievers will see that example and hopefully God can use that seed in their hearts to get the ball rolling for their salvation.