Joe Kapp, former NFL and CFL quarterback, dies at 85

By: Nitin Singh

Joe Kapp, a former Pro Bowl quarterback who played in the NFL and CFL, passed away this week after a long battle with dementia.

Kapp’s son, J.J., confirmed the news to The San Francisco Chronicle. He said his father was 85 years old.

Kapp was a star at Cal, where he led the team to a Rose Bowl appearance in 1958. He was drafted by Washington in the 18th round of the 1959 NFL Draft.

Kapp played for the Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions in the CFL, winning a Grey Cup with the latter in 1964. He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player that year.

Kapp joined the Minnesota Vikings in 1967 and led them to an NFL championship in 1969. He was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams that season.

Kapp holds a share of the NFL record for most passing touchdowns in a game (seven), which he achieved against the Baltimore Colts in 1969.

Kapp finished his pro career with the Boston Patriots in 1970. He had 5,911 passing yards, 40 touchdowns and 64 interceptions in 51 NFL games.

Kapp is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the University of California Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kapp’s family and friends are mourning his loss and celebrating his legacy.