In professional sports, everyone has a different path to get to where they’re at. For some, it took them longer than others to finally make it the NFL, MLB, NBA.
Money is a significant factor for athletes. You have to know how to manage it and for NFL player Brandon Copeland, he plans to be in a good position after his football career is over.
Brandon Copeland’s path to the NFL
Copeland had an interesting path to the NFL. One thing he did not do was give up on his dreams. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in economics. After graduation, he had plans to get drafted. At the end of the draft, Copeland did not hear his name called, but his dream was not over.
In 2013, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent. Copeland would not be on the Ravens team for too long. He was waived in August of 2013. Two months after he was waived, he signed with the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad.
His break would finally come in 2015 when he signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions. Copeland spends two seasons with the Lions, and he missed the entire 2017 season when he suffered a torn pectoral during the Lions’ first preseason game.
After missing an entire season, Copeland signed with the New York Jets in 2018. He played two seasons with the Jets and recently signed with the New England Patriots for the upcoming season.
Saving most of his NFL check
When it comes to saving money, Copeland knows a thing or two about that. In 2017, he took an off-season job on Wall Street. In a CNBC article, it stated that Copeland taught a financial literacy seminar at his alma mater.
Other than the side gigs that he has, Copeland has been saving money since he got into the league. In 2017, he told ESPN that he is keeping a good amount of money. In the CNBC article, it stated that Copeland puts nearly 60 percent of his post-tax salary toward long-term investments. He puts 30 percent in his savings, and he lives off the remaining 10-15 percent. Now that’s discipline right there.
“Anything I can get into an account and just let sit, I’ve got to a point where I have enough, where if football is over today, I have more than enough to take care of me for a while,” Copeland said in the article. Copeland must be doing something right if he can stop playing football right now after four years and be in a good position financially.
Brandon Copeland was well-prepared for this
Copeland received a good education and applied that to his time in the NFL. There are many professional athletes who do not set themselves up to be in a good financial position after their playing career is finished.
Copeland wants to make sure he’s not one of those athletes, and he is doing a good job of that so far. It’s important that athletes are well educated on how to handle their finances and making the right decisions so they won’t be in the hole whenever their career ends.