Brandon Copeland

Brandon Copeland is a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a believer in Christ, an entrepreneur
and a professional athlete. He is from Baltimore, MD and now lives in New Jersey where he is a
linebacker for the New England Patriots. He went to the University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia and graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Management and
Entrepreneurship. Since college he has been chasing his dream of building an empire in various
areas of interest. He and his wife, Taylor, operate two real estate companies (one specializing in
flips and the other, rentals) and a nonprofit organization called Beyond the Basics Inc. Their
organization looks to help young kids understand and realize their true potential through events.

Through what he describes as a rollercoaster ride of a career, Cope is entering his 8th season
in the National Football League. He has battled through injuries, being told he was not good
enough, and even more injuries to be standing tall today with the dust settling (hopefully) as a
starting linebacker in the NFL. He has lived his childhood dream of playing for his hometown
team, the Baltimore Ravens, and since he has played with the Tennessee Titans, the Detroit
Lions, New York Jets, and currently plays for the New England Patriots.

This offseason he is entering into his second year as a professor of a course on financial
literacy which he has called “Life 101” at his alma mater. His goal is to use the college
classroom and platform as a launch point to get the information to everyone, ultimately arming
everyone with the tools needed to make confident money decisions and over time help shrink
the wealth gap! (Lofty goals, he knows!) He is also trying to break into the film industry,
specifically into production by bringing a few of his creative ideas to life.

In his free time, Brandon enjoys getting out of his comfort zone by traveling to experience
different cultures around the world. Wings are his favorite food (blue cheese, NEVER ranch)
and J. Cole is his favorite rapper.