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NFL Player Brandon Copeland is teaching a financial literacy course at the University of Pennsylvania. The Wharton School of Business graduate says he wants to use his platform as an avenue to spread awareness about the importance of managing your finances.

The class, called “Life 101” explores how to navigate everyday financial situations, including planning for retirement, building good credit, and making smart investments. Copeland worked on Wall Street two years ago during the off-season and has a real estate company he co-founded with his wife.

He says, “The point of this class isn’t for me to tell you how to spend your money. It’s for you to understand what spending your money is doing for you.”

Copeland saves and invests 90 percent of his 1.2 million dollar salary, of which 60 percent goes towards investments and 30 percent goes into his savings. He says he knows football won’t last forever and is looking to make sure he is financially secure when he’s no longer on the playing field.

What a valuable course from someone who is putting his words into action.

Smart, smart, smart.

 

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