Canadian football legend has passed at the age of 85

TORONTO (May 9, 2023) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) has released the following statement regarding the passing of Joe Kapp.

Joe Kapp was tough as nails. ​

While most quarterbacks tried to evade defenders, he would run over them. He started his CFL career in Calgary, but will forever be remembered as a BC Lion after leading the Leos to their first Grey Cup in 1964. ​

He led the CFL in passing on three occasions and was named a CFL All-Star twice, en route to being Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1984. ​ ​

Kapp in his playing days epitomized a brash, young league making its mark in the sports world. The Lions organization retired his number 22 for his contributions on and off the field. ​

Upon news of his passing, our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Randy Ambrosie
Canadian Football League

Lucas Barrett

Associate Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League

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