Personal Finance Lessons From a NFL Pro

NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland shares his money playbook with friends, family and students.

NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland sitting in a chair tossing a football in the air.
(Image credit: Photograph by Sonya Revell)

Brandon Copeland is an NFL linebacker who currently plays for the New York Jets. He teaches a college course on personal finance to undergraduates at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.

Early in your NFL career, you traded stock options and flipped houses in Detroit on the side. Why jump to personal finance education now? Something I’ve always wanted to do is to make financial knowledge public and accessible. Whether I’m talking to family and friends about investing or teaching students about Roth IRAs, the goal is to make the information available and humble—not overwhelming.

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Brendan Pedersen
Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Brendan joined Kiplinger in 2018 and writes about technology, security and money. A Chicagoland native, he graduated from DePaul University with degrees in journalism and political science. Before moving to Washington, D.C., Brendan covered local politics for NBC Chicago and daily news for BusinessDen in Colorado.