The 2015 season was going to be Copeland’s last shot at making the NFL. If he had not made the Lions out of training camp or had not been picked up by another team, he was going to walk away. Start his second life. Use the degree he received from the University of Pennsylvania to find something else to do.
“I was sitting at home,” Copeland said. “For a single year, the one year I say this is my last shot at it and to be able to come into the season, make a team and play on Monday Night Football a couple times, play in prime time on Sunday night, play in London. Play on Thanksgiving.
“You literally couldn’t ask for anything more. You know, obviously, I just got to keep that fire inside going into the offseason, trying to build on this year.”
Copeland isn’t done with football now. He believes he’s just getting started.