Brandon Copeland Wants to Talk About Money

When he's not trying to stop Tom Brady on the field, NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland is teaching students about financial literacy in the classroom. Why? Somebody has to. 💸

NFL's Brandon Copeland Finance 101

Brandon Copeland plays sports for the New York Jets — but during the offseason, the NFL linebacker is Professor Copeland. His subject? Financial literacy. Copeland partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s Makuu Black Cultural Center to start “Life 101." to fill what he saw was an educational gap in how people were taught about money solutions. He decided to start teaching to help fill the gap in financial education — 2/3 of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy education test according to the FINRA Foundation. Copeland also interned at the investment bank UBS over summers during college and has since returned to Penn to teach a financial literacy seminar with Dr. Brian Peterson, the director of Penn's Makuu Black Cultural Center.

This NFL star is from Sykesville, Maryland. He is the grandson of former Baltimore Colts player Roy Hilton. Copeland attended the University of Pennsylvania where he was the captain of the 2012 Ivy League championship winning team. He graduated from the Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in economics. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent. He was waived in 2013. In 2018, Copeland signed with the New York Jets. He played in 16 games with 10 starts, recording 35 combined tackles, and five sacks. In 2019, Copeland re-signed with the Jets.

Copeland says treating money as a taboo topic makes the situation worse. Copeland also wants to promote financial literacy among minority communities whether or not they pursue a career in entertainment, which are targeted by predatory financial institutions that charge extremely high rates and fees, like pawn shops and payday lenders. Copeland says he’s distinctly aware of the people he’s trying to help.


06/11/2019 10:22 AMupdated: 06/11/2019 1:27 PM


  • Jan C.
    03/21/2020 14:27

    Good for you! Giving back to the community on this vital subject!

  • Colton V.
    03/12/2020 02:01

    Coming from a guy that makes millions. Lol

  • Jonathan K.
    03/09/2020 00:15

    That’s what you call on a grind

  • Vouvoun M.
    06/25/2019 12:56


  • Vie F.
    06/25/2019 04:47

    I never understood why we were taught algebra/geometry/etc in highschool but never this, something we will literally use throughout our lives. Kudos to this man!

  • Stephannie M.
    06/19/2019 07:41


  • Ronald M.
    06/18/2019 09:53


  • Steve S.
    06/17/2019 22:37

    Kudos to Brandon Copeland his financial literacy classes will empower a new and young generation of students with the tools necessary to reach their lifelong successes

  • Chris J.
    06/16/2019 23:12

    Ķeep up the good work!!❤🙏❤

  • J D.
    06/16/2019 21:37


  • Paul B.
    06/16/2019 19:56

    Would love to team up w You. 29 old firm I started with nothing! Provides Financial Education. Congrats on your mission to help athletes make the money last a lifetime not just for a good time !!! Paul

  • Richard F.
    06/16/2019 19:04

    Thank you for your service!!!!

  • Marian K.
    06/14/2019 23:19

    Thank you for sharing and caring . You are a bright star in our times.

  • Darla P.
    06/14/2019 09:43

    Very cool

  • Chad R.
    06/14/2019 00:57

    Don't try breaking into a country illegally. And what kind of parents put their kids in danger like that. Stfu

  • Chad R.
    06/14/2019 00:55

    Horeshit. They get the best educations money can buy.

  • H C.
    06/13/2019 15:14


  • Brut
    06/11/2019 14:20

    NFL players Josh Norman and Demario Davis brought food, blankets, backpacks and supplies to a group of asylum seekers. This is what they wish Americans understood about life at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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