Kuper in 2009
|Date of birth:||December 19, 1982|
|Place of birth:||Anchorage, Alaska|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||303 lb (137 kg)|
|High school:||Anchorage (AK) Dimond|
|NFL draft:||2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 161|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
Chris Kuper (born December 19, 1982) is a former American football offensive guard for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). The Broncos selected him in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of North Dakota.
High school career
2006 NFL Draft
Projected to go undrafted by Sports Illustrated, who criticized his lack of "balance, body control and ability in space," Kuper was ranked as the No. 28 offensive guard available in the 2006 NFL Draft. Kuper was eventually selected in the fifth round, 161st overall, by the Denver Broncos. He was the highest selected North Dakota lineman since Todd Thomas in 1981.
He was the Broncos starting right guard to begin the 2008 season.
On June 4, 2010, the Broncos announced that they had signed Kuper to a five-year deal worth $25.5 million. The new contract made him the second-highest-paid offensive lineman in Broncos' history, second only to former left tackle Matt Lepsis.
During the regular season finale in 2011 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Kuper suffered a gruesome broken ankle that ended his season. That season Chris Kuper made the Pro Bowl but withdrew to the injury and needed surgery.
Kuper retired on March 11, 2014.
- Broncos sign OL Chris Kuper to five-year, $25.5 million extension
- Chris Kuper retiring after eight seasons as Broncos offensive lineman