• Entering the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent he began his rollercoaster career in his hometown with the Baltimore Ravens. After growing up cheering for them, he had become one of them which was a dream come true. After a four week stint on the practice squad, he was released and signed with the Tennessee Titans two weeks later.
  • In 2014, he was cut from the Titans practice squad after only two weeks with the team. The entire 2014 season Copeland trained at home praying for another chance to play. The phone rang infrequently and after a couple of promising workouts with teams he still had no offer.
  • On January 1st, 2015, he gave himself one calendar year to get back into the NFL or he would hang up the cleats. Given this time limit, he signed up to play Arena Football with the Orlando Predators. He flew down to Orlando for training camp, unpacked his bag, plopped onto his bed after a long day, and heard an email notification from his phone. The email was an invite to the Veteran Combine and ultimately it would be God’s invitation back into the NFL. Two weeks later he participated in the first Veteran Combine. He ran a 4.51 – 40 yard dash (laser timed) and went from zero to sixteen NFL offers in the moments following the combine.
  • After visiting multiple teams, he signed with the Detroit Lions where he played for familiar faces in head coach Jim Caldwell and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin (both previously coaching for the Baltimore Ravens).
  • After two years of being a special teams standout and versatile defensive presence for the Lions, Copeland was ready to make the jump to starting outside linebacker. Unfortunately he tore his pectoral tendon in the very first preseason game.
  • After spending the 2017 season rehabbing on the Lions’ injured reserve, he signed with the New York Jets in March 2018.
  • Copeland is eager to get back to the field and excited to see what the future holds. Stay Tuned…
  • Brandon married his best friend, Taylor, who he met his first day at Penn, in January 2018.
  • Brandon attributes a lot of his success to his beautiful mother Angela. She valued education and worked hard to provide endless opportunities for him and his younger brother.
  • Given their passion for philanthropy, Brandon and Taylor began a non profit organization called Beyond The Basics Inc in 2017. They are excited to continue their efforts and help young people, especially in their hometown communities of Baltimore, MD and Plainfield, NJ.
  • He has taken an interest in multiple investing initiatives (including venture and real estate).
  • Brandon has many creative ideas that range from creating films all the way to prototyping products. In the future, he plans to strategically bring them to fruition.
  • Copeland entered the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He graduated with his bachelors of science in Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.
  • He earned First Team All-Ivy League honors three times (2010-12) and left Penn as a three time Ivy League champion (2009, 2010, 2012),
  • His greatest achievement during his time at Penn was being elected solo captain for his senior season in 2012 (first solo captain since 1997). He took pride in serving his teammates and coaches, leading them from the depths of what looked like a lost season, to an victorious championship. A story-book ending to a great career!
  • He finished his collegiate career playing in 39 games with 30 straight starts and tallied 160 tackles, 11 sacks for 70 yards, 26.5 tackles for loss, an interception, four pass defenses, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick, a safety and a touchdown.
  • Prepped at Gilman (Md.) School where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track.
  • Was awarded the 2008 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year award and was a 2008 Academic All-State team honoree.
  • Participated in Maryland Crab Bowl and the Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star games in 2008 and was a member of the 2006 MIAAA Conference championship squad.
  • Nominated for the Army All-American game and earned All-Baltimore City honors.
 

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