Some great NFL quarterbacks have their roots in the Canadian Football League. But according to the latest Talk of Fame Network poll, no quarterback has deeper roots than Joe Kapp.
We asked out listeners and readers who was the best NFL player ever to come out of the CFL and offered up a slate of candidates that included a past NFL MVP, a past Super Bowl MVP and a Hall of Famer. None of them won. In fact, Kapp ran away from the field with 51 percent of the vote.
Hall-of-Famer Warren Moon finished second with 17 percent of the vote, followed by former NFL MVP Joe Theismann and former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia at 13 percent apiece. Finishing with single digit support were former Super Bowl MVP Jake Scott, wide receivers Mervyn Fernandez and Joe Horn, running back Cookie Gilchrist, pass rusher Cameron Wake and quarterback Doug Flutie.
Kapp spent eight seasons in the CFL, winning a Grey Cup and appearing in two CFL All-Star games. Former CFL coach Bud Grant brought Kapp to Minnesota in 1967, and he took the Vikings to the playoffs for the first time in 1968. Then he then took them to their first Super Bowl in 1969. He once threw seven touchdown passes in one game for the Vikings, tying an NFL record, and went to one Pro Bowl.
But Kapp had a contract squabble with the Vikings after that Super Bowl and played one final season with the Boston Patriots. His No. 22 has been retired by the British Columbia Lions, and Kapp also was voted one of the 50 Greatest Vikings. He has been enshrined in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the CFL Hall of Fame.
But all three Talk of Fame Network hosts – Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge – cast their ballots for Moon, the NFL’s 10th all-time leading passer with 49,325 yards. But he played six seasons in Canada and won five Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos. If you count his 21,228 yards north of the border, Moon’s 70,553 career yards would place him behind only Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.
“How do you beat Warren Moon?” Borges asked. “He’s in the Hall of Fame!”
There were a lot of old-school voters, obviously.