On This Date in Sports History…Joe Kapp Ties an NFL Record

Joe Kapp started his professional football career in the CFL. After being drafted by the Redskins, they just left him to dry so he signed with the Calgary Stampeders in 1959. After starring in the CFL for 8 seasons Kapp decided it was time to make another run at the NFL. A few teams were going after Kapp, but he wound up signing with the Minnesota Vikings.

On September 28th 1969 Joe Kapp threw 7 TD passes against the Baltimore Colts to tie the NFL record for most passing TDs in a single game. After being shunned by the NFL for so many years, it is almost poetic justice for Kapp to immediately step in and tie an NFL record in his 3rd year in the league.

Kapp was not your typical QB. He loved being hit and earned the reputation as an extremely tough QB. Rather than sliding or running out of bounds on a scramble Kapp would seek contact and try and bulldoze past defenders. A QB that plays like that will always earn the respect of his teammates.

Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears was the first QB to ever throw 7 TDs in a single game. That record would eventually be tied by 7 QBs including Kapp, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees. Patrick Mahomes look like he may break this record at some point but for now, Kapp will hold a spot in the record books.

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