One of only 10 Alaskans to play in the NFL, Chris Kuper of Anchorage was a durable and dependable offensive lineman for eight seasons with the Denver Broncos. He was a three-time team captain, four-time AFC Division champion and a one-time All-Pro. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound guard started 79 of 90 career games and was part of the Denver team that played in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. He was given the NFL’s Ed Block Courage award in 2013. Kuper was a fifth-round draft pick out of the University of North Dakota, where he was named an All-American and won a NCAA D2 national championship. He graduated from Dimond High School and was an all-state performer in football field and with the shot put in track and field.