Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp capped off an incredible 2021 season by winning the Super Bowl MVP award on Sunday night.
He is only the eighth wide receiver in NFL history to win the Super Bowl MVP award.
Did Cooper Kupp just complete the best WR season ever? pic.twitter.com/qLRefIctKu
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In some Super Bowls, it’s obvious who will be the MVP, but in this case the Rams put in quite a team effort that led them to the Super Bowl championship, so it wasn’t as easy to predict.
The likely contenders were quarterback Matthew Stafford, as quarterbacks are the most likely to win the award.
Stafford was good but not as sharp as usual, throwing two interceptions.
The other potential candidate was defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who was tasked with stopping the Bengals on their final practice as they closed in on field goal territory to potentially tie the game.
Donald stepped up and made huge plays when it mattered most.
—ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) February 14, 2022
But during the game, the best player was Cooper Kupp, that’s why he was the right choice for the Super Bowl MVP.
Here are the reasons.
2. Clutch clearances done
After Odell Beckham Jr. left the game with an injury, it was even more critical for Kupp to find a way to open up and make big plays.
And he did it in different ways.
He ran the ball on a play for seven yards.
The first successful run play of the game for the Rams comes through Cooper Kupp with 5 minutes left in the game.
— Jeremy Reisman (@DetroitOnLion) February 14, 2022
He made big catches and finished the day with two touchdowns and 92 yards.
Kupp caught 8 of the 10 balls he was aiming for.
Cooper Kupp should be a slam dunk for MVP. From converting 3rd down on his running game, to drawing multiple PIs, to twice TD going forward, the final drive was ALL Kupp. #KuppMVP
—Jim Wilson (@rapidgray13) February 14, 2022
1. Caught the winning Super Bowl touchdown
What cemented his MVP status was the game-winning touchdown catch.
Cooper Kupp defeats Eli Apple for the Game Winning Touchdown. pic.twitter.com/trrttdTIAw
— Doug Rush (@TheDougRush) February 14, 2022
It was not an easy grip and he had to contort himself to put the ball in his hands.
Kupp showed why he was the 2021 NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 60 minutes of football on Super Bowl Sunday.
Better question: was his season the best ever in his position?
Now that we’ve established that Kupp was a force to reckon with all game and deserved Super Bowl MVP honors, the next discussion is where to place his 2021 season among some of the greatest single-season performances in his position. .
Even Jerry Rice hasn’t accomplished everything Kupp has done in a single season.
Kupp and Rice are the only wide receivers with all of those accomplishments on their resumes.
Cooper Kupp full season (21 games):
* 178 catches, 2,425 yards, 22 TDs
* NFL Regular Season Receives Triple Crown
* All-Pro unanimous
* Most catches in a single post-season (33)
* NFL Offensive Player of the Year
* Super Bowl MVP
One of the best individual seasons of all time.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 14, 2022
Kupp won the regular season triple crown of having the most catches, yards and touchdowns.
He capped that with the most strikes in a single postseason with 33.
Kupp was a unanimous All-Pro selection.
— Daniel García Ordaz (@poetmariachi) February 14, 2022
Some are calling Kupp’s season a grand slam.
How does Kupp celebrate?
Remember the good old days when the Super Bowl MVP was immediately asked how he planned to celebrate?
This usually involved a trip to Disney World.
Maybe the pandemic reduced this activity, but it’s back for 2022.
— Disneyland News Today (@dlnt) February 14, 2022
Kupp is at Disneyland today with his teammates in a parade.
What a great Super Bowl victory and celebration for Cooper Kupp and the Los Angeles Rams!