Chris Kuper

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Chris Kuper
Chris Kuper.JPG
Kuper in 2009
No. 73
Offensive Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-19) December 19, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth: Anchorage, Alaska
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: Anchorage (AK) Dimond
College: North Dakota
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 161
Debuted in 2006 for the Denver Broncos
Last played in 2013 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 90
Games started 79
Fumble recoveries 1
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[edit]

Kuper played high school football at A. J. Dimond High School in Anchorage, where he helped the Lynx win the 2001 ASAA Large Schools State Championship.

College career[edit]

He played college football for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. He was a three-year starter, awarded all-conference and All American honors since his junior campaign.

Professional career[edit]

2006 NFL Draft[edit]

Projected to go undrafted by Sports Illustrated, who criticized his lack of "balance, body control and ability in space,"[1] Kuper was ranked as the No. 28 offensive guard available in the 2006 NFL Draft.[2] 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.

Denver Broncos[edit]

He was the Broncos starting right guard to begin the 2008 season.[3]

On June 4, 2010, the Broncos announced that they had signed Kuper to a five-year deal worth $25.5 million.[4] The new contract made him the second-highest-paid offensive lineman in Broncos' history, second only to former left tackle Matt Lepsis.

In 2010, the Denver Broncos announced that Kuper had been selected as co-captain of the Broncos offense, along with Kyle Orton and Daniel Graham.[5]

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. [6]

Kuper retired on March 11, 2014.[7]

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