Joe Kapp,

Joe Kapp, "The Toughest Chicano": A Life of Leadership


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Friday, February 28
8 New & Used Starting at $16.52


In 1969, the Minnesota Vikings were having a moment. On and off the turf of the old Metropolitan Stadium, the Purple People Eaters reigned supreme. At the center of it all was unconventional quarterback Joe Kapp. 

Kapp joined the Vikings with the tenacity to succeed. With the motto "40 for 60," he inspired the team's forty players to give it their all every minute, every hour, every game. Kapp helped mold the Vikings into a winning team, scoring the 1969 NFL Champions title and blazing their way to their first Super Bowl appearance. Later that year, Sports Illustrated featured Kapp on its cover, dubbing him the "Toughest Chicano" for his Hispanic pride and ferocious style of play. 

Joe Kapp, "The Toughest Chicano" honors the life, leadership, and legacy of one of history's toughest football players. Inside, you'll find a behind-the-scenes look at pivotal moments in football history, Kapp's own game-by-game analysis of the 1969 season, memoirs about his early life and successful coaching career, and memories on the set of iconic sports films like The Longest Yard. As a player, coach, and father, Joe Kapp's legacy shows that every player counts if they give their all, every minute, every game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634892896
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 136,374
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Foreword: An Interview with Alan Page 5

1 The Punch 9

2 Our Hardscrabble Home Life 12

3 My New Home In Newhall 23

4 The Center Of The Universe 28

5 The NFL's Cold Shoulder And Canada's Warm Welcome 39

6 The Viking Passage 56

7 Forty For Sixty 71

8 Forty Players 93

9 The Defensive Unit 101

10 The Offense 112

11 The Special Teams 128

12 Training Camp 132

13 Coaching 142

14 Preseason Games 150

15 The 1969 Regular Season 156

16 The Playoffs 191

17 The Boston Massacre 215

18 Trading Shoulder Pads For Legal Pads 222

19 Touchdown In Tinseltown 229

20 The Gall Of The Ball 237

21 The Play 248

22 New Fields Of Endeavor 256

23 Wisdom From The Trenches 260

Epilogue: Delusions Of Dementia 270

Goodbye, Coach 275

Acknowledgments 285

About The Coauthors 287

References 288

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews