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Joe Kapp bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Joe Kapp

Playing Career

Calgary Stampeders
1959 - 1961

BC Lions
1961 - 1966

Awards and Honours

All-Western Quarterback
1963, 1964 (2)

All-Canadian Quarterback
1963, 1964 (2)

Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
1963 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1963, 1964 (2)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1964 (1)

Career Highlights

  • Played a total of 123 games in his career.

  • 3rd on the BC Lions All-Time career passing yards list with 16,675 (as of 2015).

  • 3rd on the BC Lions career All-Time career touchdowns list with 98 (as of 2015).

Robert Joseph (Joe) Kapp came to Canada after playing collegiate football for the University of California. Kapp spent one and a half seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, then was dealt to the BC Lions following knee surgery.

Kapp completed 1,476 passes for 22,925 yards and 136 touchdowns. He threw six touchdowns in one game against the Edmonton Eskimos on September 29, 1962. Kapp led the league in passing yardage for four seasons in a row from 1962 until 1965. During the 1963 season, Kapp was the winner of the Bob Bourne Memorial Trophy for being the BC Lions Most Popular Player.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum
"In 1959, When I crossed the border at the Fraser River into Canada, it was a completion of a family journey that started on the West coast of Mexico. It was the start of my career as a professional Quarterback. My son JJ was born in Beautiful B.C.and no family could value this honor more. We were BC Lions not Vancouver Lions. WE could see the Lions in the mountains to the West. Our BC Lions teams were truly strong and free! and we had Willie!"--Joe Kapp

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1984 as a player.

Class of 1984

Tom BrownTerry EvanshenJacob Gill GaudaurJoe KappSeymour Wilson

Football Reporters of Canada

Johnny EsawErwin SwangardBill Westwick

Kapp, Joe
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