Kuper won’t be fazed by cold weather at Super Bowl

January 29, 2014

Chris Kuper FootballThe first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city might not be a popular choice for some of the NFL players with Seattle and Denver.

But Chris Kuper of Anchorage isn’t one of them.

He just laughs. He once played in a game in college that dipped as low as 53-below zero at the University of North Dakota.

“We’re not worried about the weather. We’re weatherproof,” he told reporters in New York on Media Day. “We practice in cold weather. We have experience with it.”

The 31-year-old guard for the Denver Broncos is looking to become the third Alaska player to win a Super Bowl title – each of them offensive lineman.

The first Alaskan to win a Super Bowl was Anchorage’s Mark Schlereth, who did it three times, one with Washington and two with Denver.

The second Alaskan was North Pole’s Daryn Colledge, who won one with Green Bay.

Kuper, of Dimond High fame, has started 79 of 90 career regular-season games with Denver. He is currently a backup after losing his starting job due to injury more than performance.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder probably hopes it snows to remind him of his days at Anchorage Football Stadium.