Chris Kuper
Kuper in 2009
Assistant offensive line coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-12-19) December 19, 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth: Anchorage, Alaska
Career information
College: North Dakota
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 161
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Denver Broncos ( 2006 2013)
 As coach:
* Miami Dolphins ( 2016)
Offensive quality control coach
Career highlights and awards
* Denver Broncos Offensive Co-Captain (2010)
Games played     90
Games started     79
Fumble recoveries     1

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. He is currently assistant offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos.

High school careerEdit

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

As a senior, Kuper finished just behind Matt Gittlein of Wasilla High School as the state's Lineman of the Year.

College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

2006 NFL DraftEdit

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 BroncosEdit

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]

Coaching career Edit

On January 23, 2016, Kuper was hired by Miami Dolphins as offensive quality control coach.[8]

On January 22, 2019, the Denver Broncos hired Kuper as their assistant offensive line coach.[9]


External linksEdit

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