Brandon Copeland (linebacker)

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Brandon Copeland
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Copeland at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2013.
No. 51 – New York Jets
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1991-07-02) July 2, 1991 (age 28)[1]
Sykesville, Maryland[2]
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school:Gilman School
(Baltimore, Maryland)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:65
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Brandon Copeland (born July 2, 1991) is an American football outside linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at The University of Pennsylvania.

Early life[edit]

Copeland is from Sykesville, Maryland.[3] He is the grandson of former Baltimore Colts player Roy Hilton.[4] Copeland graduated from Gilman High School[5] where he played 3 sports: football, basketball and track.[6]

He was on the championship squad at the 2006 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.[7] He received the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year Award in 2008 and was an Academic All-State team honoree the same year.[8]

College career[edit]

Copeland attended the University of Pennsylvania where he was the captain of the 2012 Ivy League championship winning team.[9] He graduated from the Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in economics.

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

On April 27, 2013, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent.[10] He was waived on August 31, 2013.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

He signed with the Tennessee Titans to their practice squad on October 8, 2013. He was released from the Titans’ practice squad on November 5, 2013, but re-signed to the team's practice squad on November 12, 2013. He signed with the Titans to a future contract on December 31, 2013.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On April 7, 2015, Copeland signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions.[11] It came after he participated in the NFL Veterans Combine, where he, along with Ifeanyi Momah were the only participants to be offered contracts.

Copeland suffered a torn pectoral in the Lions' first preseason game of 2017 and was ruled out for the season.[12][13]

New York Jets[edit]

On March 19, 2018, Copeland signed with the New York Jets.[14] He played in 16 games with 10 starts, recording 35 combined tackles, and five sacks.

On March 25, 2019, Copeland re-signed with the Jets.[15] He was suspended the first four games of the 2019 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Copeland 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 [17]


  1. ^ "Profile". Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  2. ^ Brown, Clifton. "Long shots vie for roster spots". Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  3. ^ Brown, Clifton. "Long shots vie for roster spots". Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  4. ^ "Home-Grown Brandon Copeland Trying To Make It". Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  5. ^ Wilson, Aaron (May 16, 2013). "Taking stock at Ravens' inside linebacker position minus Rolando McClain". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  6. ^ "Biography". Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  7. ^ "Biography". Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  8. ^ "Biography". Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  9. ^ "IVY CHAMPS! Football Wins Thriller to Claim Outright Title, 35-28". Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  10. ^ "Ravens Sign 14 Undrafted Free Agents". Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  11. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 7, 2015). "Lions sign linebacker Brandon Copeland". Detroit Lions. Archived from the original on April 10, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  12. ^ Williams, Charean (August 14, 2017). "Brandon Copeland reportedly out for year with torn pec".
  13. ^ "Lions sign three free agents". August 16, 2017.
  14. ^ Bouda, Nate (March 19, 2018). "Jets Sign LB Brandon Copeland".
  15. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (March 25, 2019). "Jets Re-Sign LB Brandon Copeland".
  16. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (August 21, 2019). "Jets OLB Brandon Copeland suspended four games".
  17. ^ Elkins, Kathleen (March 2, 2019). "NFL player who saves nearly 90% of his income teaches a money class at Penn called 'Life 101'".

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