Former Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp has died

(ABC 6 News) – Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp, who helped lead the team to a Super Bowl appearance in 1970, has died.

Kapp’s family said in his obituary that he died after a 15-year-battle with dementia at the age of 85, adding his brain will be donated to be studied.

Kapp began playing for the Vikings in 1967, and in 1969, tied an NFL record by throwing seven touchdown passes in a single game against the then Baltimore Colts.

He played both football and basketball for the University of California at Berkeley, and later coached the Golden Bears from 1982 through 1986, notably defeating Stanford by using what is now known as “The Play.”

Kapp is the only quarterback to play in the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl and the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup.

Minnesota Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf released a statement on Kapp’s passing by stating:

“Men like Joe Kapp are the cornerstones the Minnesota Vikings franchise was built upon. Joe’s toughness and competitive spirit defined the Vikings teams of his era, and his tenacity and leadership were respected by teammates and opponents alike. We mourn Joe’s loss with his family, friends and Vikings fans around the world.”

Mark Wilf, Vikings Owner/President

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