Former Sioux Football greats Chris Kuper and Jim Kleinsasser will be reunited and play against each other this Sunday at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis when the Denver Broncos visit the Minnesota Vikings for a Sunday tilt.
Kleinsasser played his last year of football at UND in 1998 and was drafted in the 2nd round by the Vikings in April of 1999. He has played all 13 years of his career in Minnesota as one of the most dominant H-Back/Tight End blockers in the NFL.
Kuper finished up his collegiate career at UND in 2005 and was drafted in the 5th round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos and has started since his arrival there. He recently also cashed in on a big contract extension (6 years, 29 million) in 2010 and is one of the top paid offensive guards in the NFL. Kuper was also voted as an offensive captain by his teammates in 2010.
Both have made names for themselves throughout the league as being at the upper echelon of their positions. Kleinsasser has been a dominant blocker on the edge in the running game for many years and Kuper is now budding into one of the best guards in football. Bill Williamson of ESPN ranked Kuper as the best right guard in the AFC west last year.
Although there is an age gap between the two, both have gotten to know each other at UND Football Alumni events together over the last few years.
On Sunday, the two UND Fighting Sioux alums will battle it out on the field against each other in the midst of “Tebow Mania”.