Jake Kupp, New Orleans Saints Offensive Guard, 1967-1975
Despite being the last original members of the Inaugural 1967 New Orleans Saints Squad, Jake Kupp almost didn't become a Saint. After being chosen in the 1967 Expansion Draft, before the season even started, he was traded away to the Atlanta Falcons. Midway through the season he was traded back to the Saints. He remained in the Saints organization until 1975 when he retired.
Jake enjoyed a remarkable career at the University of Washington. As a Huskie he played offensive tackle, tight end and even wide receiver. He also pitched for the baseball team and played in the 1964 Rose Bowl against Illinois. Drafted as a wide receiver by Dallas in the ninth round, he was switched to guard. He stayed with Dallas until 1966 when he went to Washington. After which he was chosen by the Saints.
In his 8 seasons with the Saints, Jake played 106 games, made the Pro-Bowl in 1969 and team MVP in 1970. He is a member of the Saints Hall of Fame and Saint's All-40th Anniversary team.