I've been watching Tim Tebow now for the last couple of years, mostly during his career as a Bronco but also some of his games during his college career as a Gator. Like most everyone else, I've been wondering what kind of NFL quarterback Tim Tebow might turn out to be.
He always reminded me of some player I used to watch back in my younger days, but I could never quite put my finger on who it might be. Then today, it finally struck me and I thought I might pass my recollection on to you, the other faithful followers of the Mile High Report to see what you think.
Joe Kapp came from New Mexico, not far from where I currently reside. He was drafted out of the University of California in 1959 by the Washington Redskins. The Redskins never contacted him so he was forced to try his luck in the Canadian Football League. While there he excelled for the Calgary Stampeders and then the BC Lions, leading the Lions to a Grey Cup victory in 1964. After some very interesting machinations, Kapp ended up with the Minnesota Vikings in 1967. In 1968 he led the Vikings to their first ever playoff game and in 1969 led them to their first Super Bowl, Super Bowl IV, after a 12-2 season. After that, his career got caught up in a lot of legal entanglements which took him to the Patroits for a brief time and left some indelible imprints we can talk about some other time on the NFL .
But at the time, what really stuck me about Kapp's play and what reminds me of Tebow today is that Joe Kapp enjoyed physical contact. I could almost swear sometimes he eschewed the pass just because he liked to mix it up with the other guys. He was one tough son of a gun. I remember one game, I think it was against the Lions but I could be wrong, where he took off on a scramble and a defensive back came up to meet him. Instead of turning out of bounds, Kapp ran right over the DB. Everybody cringed at the impact but after it was over, Kapp got up, shook it off and went back to the huddle. The DB didn't get up. Kapp had knocked him out of the game.
Another thing about him was that his passes often weren't very pretty. In fact, sometimes they were the proverbial lame duck. But he was a gamer and he was a winner as is noted by some of the history above.
BTW, he was the Coach of the California Bears during that very famous game against Stanford, where the marching band marched out onto the field ruining the comeback in the last game for a certain somebody we all know and love.
So what about it, especially you fellow old timers out there? Could Tim Tebow be the next Joe Kapp?