Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland is going back to school, just not as a student.
The 27-year-old plans to teach a financial literacy course at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, during the spring semester, according to the New York Post.
The class Copeland will teach is called "Inequity and Empowerment: Urban Financial Literacy" and he will teach it alongside Brian Peterson, who has a doctorate in education.
"No matter what major you are, you are going to use this class," Copeland told the Post. "No matter what you do in life -- whether you're a professional athlete, whether you're a nursing student, whether you're a banker -- you're going to use the information from this class."
Copeland came up with the idea for the class a few years ago while on the Detroit Lions when one of his teammates suggested that he wished there was a class for athletes on how to manage your finances after college.
He pitched the idea to UPenn, where he graduated from in 2013 with a degree in management and entrepreneurship.
Copeland, who worked on Wall Street in 2017 and flipped houses as an investment, admits he does not have all the answers but stressed the class was about having the confidence to make good financial decisions.
"It's just making sure they feel more confident when they are faced with those decisions when they do leave college and have to figure out, 'Hey, am I going to rent or buy in this city? Am I going to buy it to rent it out? Am I making smart decisions with my credit? Should I start paying down my student loans as soon as I get out of college?'" he said. "There are no right or wrong answers, but you want to be able to make a confident decision. I don't want them to mess up because of lack of information or lack of knowledge."
Copeland is in his first season with the Jets and has three sacks and 17 tackles. He appears to have found a team where he fits in after bouncing around the league since 2013.
Yet Copeland is not worried about his teaching job conflicting with offseason training.
"This is my dream," he said. "I'll make it happen."