Jets’ Brandon Copeland makes $1.75 million, lives like he’s making $200,000

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A person making a $200,000 salary can live a very comfortable lifestyle. Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland knows that.

So Copeland, who signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Jets this offseason, said he’ll live as if he was only making about 10 to 15 percent of that, or around $200,000 a year. The rest, he’ll save.

I’m not too flashy; I don’t need a lot,” Copeland told CNBC. “I need to be maximizing every single day I have in the NFL because I don’t know when this NFL platform will be swept right under my feet.”

Copeland said he feels no need to drive the nicest car to the team facility or wear the expensive clothes that many NFL players wear.

“The biggest money lesson I’ve learned is basically don’t try to keep up with the Joneses,” he said. “If that’s not something of value to you, then don’t chase it.”

Copeland is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is spending time there this offseason talking to students about the importance of saving money.

“Ultimately, being able to cut your expenses will help you save money so that you can have a nice nest egg,” Copeland said.

The 27-year-old Copeland realizes something that too few NFL players do: If you’re a professional athlete, you’re probably going to make more money in your 20s than you’ll make in any other decade of your life. You may need that money you make in your 20s to last half a century or more. The less you spend now, the more you’ll have later.

45 responses to “Jets’ Brandon Copeland makes $1.75 million, lives like he’s making $200,000

  1. That’s a smart guy. It sounds like he has learned from guys like Iverson, Sprewell and Vin Baker who made TONS of money and are now flat broke. These guys who spend $100,00 each week on fancy suits are going to get a big surprise when they are retired and realize money doesn’t grow on trees.

  2. Reminds me of Alfred Morris.
    Nice story, good to hear he’s not plucking away his money. Now he can retire early and not have to worry about $$$$ if invested wisely.

  3. Very smart. More people in America need to understand and practice this concept, no matter how much money you make.

  4. The American dream is to get rich. But, the truth is that money won’t buy you happiness, assuming that you’re not (1) dirt poor and obliged to live hand-to-mouth everyday, and (2) an extremely shallow person who’s self-esteem depends on having material things.

    Also, “they call it the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” ~ George Carlin

  5. I think the average American doesn’t know that U Penn is an Ivy League school. In fact, it has the best graduate school in business in the world. It also has the best graduate school for robotics and probably 2nd to Carnegie Melon for undergrad computer science.
    Ratings wise, it’s consistantly a better school than Brown, Dartmouth and Cornell. Basically tied with Columbia in the 4/5 slot behind the big 3 : Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Princeton only has one graduate school program (molecular biology PHD-slash- MD program with Rutgers, so I will never understand why it’s such a revered school).

    People don’t go to Penn to play football (run track, maybe). They go there for the education first. They also don’t look past one’s SAT scores like Stanford, UCLA and USC because one is a superstar.

    Everyone says Ryan Fitzpatrick went to Harvard, he must be brilliant. The acceptance rate at Penn isn’t that far off and depending on your major, there isn’t that much of a difference between Penn and Harvard. Just peoples’ perception.

    Yes he’s smart. He went to Penn. He’s just proving it now…

  6. 200k is even a little large for a guy that’s only made 2.8 mil hanging on the end of NFL rosters. It could end any day now. Fortunately, he is a Wharton grad and should be successful in real life. Trump not withstanding.

  7. dreemeagle says:
    April 6, 2019 at 12:28 pm
    he is a fairly smart young guy;

    what i can’t figure is why he’s playing for the Jets;

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    because he sucks

  8. Maybe he won’t be filing for bankruptcy in a couple of years like many NFL players. He gets IT!

  9. Glad to see that the Pats fans are here to trash talk a guy making good life decisions. Tells you the type of decisions they must make. BTW, by survey released yesterday, in the Boston area, 28.7% of 20-40 year-olds live with their parent(s), 55% males.

  10. If I made millions I would live an upper-middle class life and pay for everything in full, except a few smaller things just for the credit rating. Never have to work again and can travel the world all I want.

  11. backintheday99 says:
    April 6, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Much of your post comes across as a knee-jerk defensive Penn graduate. Penn’s Wharton School of Business isn’t the best graduate business school, it’s the best undergraduate school of business (something to be proud of, as long as you ignore that Donald Trunp (allegedly) went there). Harvard and others are consistently rated higher for MBAs. Princeton has 42 graduate programs, not 1 – many top level such as physics, humanities and engineering – many college profs get their PhDs there – just not in medicine, law or business. And while I don’t blame Penn for it, you are silent about the recent scandal of the former basketball coach (and Penn alum) taking money to get an undeserving player admitted as a basketball “recruit” who was nowhere qualified as such.

    As for Ryan Fitzpatrick, I believe he still holds the record score for the Wonderlic test – have you ever tried it? – he’s not the only smart ivy grad, but he is one of them, and your effort to diminish him only diminishes you.

    As for the subject of the article, I went to the same HS as Copeland, it sends many grads to ivy schools and it’s no surprise he is as bright and well-grounded as he is. You would like to think others will learn from his example, but we’ve seen this story before.

  12. He’ll probably be looked upon as a pariah and an outcast in the locker room. When everyone else is comparing their fashion designer clothes and custom made cars, he’ll be standing off to the side looking at them. They’ll feel uncomfortable with him being around and will shun him and reject him.

  13. Good for him! Living “Beneath” your income is a very intelligent way to maximize your future security!!

  14. $200k sounds like a lot of money. But NYC is one of the more expensive places on the planet. Housing, taxes, food, clothing, entertainment in NYC area are all WAY above the US average. Insurance for a pro athlete is not cheap.

    All that is before any contributions to family or charity. Or transportation. Does he live there year round? Maintaining a second home is not cheap. But it is probably smart for someone who is always at risk for trade or release.

    Is he single or married? Either way, that’s another person to support. Same for kids. The list goes on, but the paychecks do not. $200k is certainly not chicken-feed, but it does not buy you much extravagance in New York.

  15. Imagine living a lifestyle that yu are familiar with, instead of trying to impress people who don’t matter? There’s a word for that…adult. Mr Copeland, may you earn $100 million more, because you will at least use it wisely.

  16. I’ll sleep better knowing that Ivy League college students are being coached up to scrape by on 200k per year.

  17. Glad to see that the Pats fans are here to trash talk a guy making good life decisions. Tells you the type of decisions they must make. BTW, by survey released yesterday, in the Boston area, 28.7% of 20-40 year-olds live with their parent(s), 55% males.

    What the poll actually said was 17.9% of 20-40 year olds in the Boston area live with their parents, making Boston 21rst out of the 50 largest Metro Areas. Must have used the president’s fact checker.

  18. April 6, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Glad to see that the Pats fans are here to trash talk a guy making good life decisions. Tells you the type of decisions they must make. BTW, by survey released yesterday, in the Boston area, 28.7% of 20-40 year-olds live with their parent(s), 55% males.
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    Not sure what your point is with this.

    A lot of these people probably live with parents in the Boston area based on real estate prices being so high.

    And, if they do, it would be an example of a young person trying to save money, which I would think you’d approve of.

  19. A lot of these people probably live with parents in the Boston area based on real estate prices being so high.

    Think it’s more of a crushing student loan problem.

  20. tylawspick6 says:
    April 6, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    Who cares about some jets jag? Jets with full court offseason hype push with new unis still so jealous of the pats
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    Your trolling is funny, especially for guy obsessed with and incredibly jealous of the Jets.

    I don’t think anyone except you cares about how you feel about the Jets.

  21. Brandon Copeland is the grandson Of the Baltimore Colt’s great Roy Hilton. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hilton and he is a class act and a gentleman. This article is no shock to me, for this behavior starts at home.

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