As Super Bowl LIII speedily strategies, a lot of Jets followers and players are reminiscing about the 50th anniversary of the Eco-friendly & White’s Super Bowl III victory. But for Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland, that video game has a a bit diverse meaning.
Copeland’s grandfather and longtime Baltimore Colt Roy Hilton was component of the 1968 crew that fell to New York at the Orange Bowl in Miami. For nine of his 11 professional seasons, Hilton was a “mainstay” on a defense that pushed the Colts to make two SB appearances, a single of them getting towards Copeland’s present-day crew. He handed away on Jan. 6, 2019.
“My grandfather was an awesome role design, mentor, and just close friend to me,” Copeland states of his “granddad.” “He was the athlete who I wished to be like…a lot of younger children never have that person in their lives that they glimpse up to.”
The 6’3”, 263-pound Copeland plays off the edge just like his grandfather did. But irrespective of the similarity, the College of Pennsylvania product had a a great deal diverse journey to the NFL than Hilton. Likely undrafted in 2013, Copeland spent the next few several years in diverse roles with the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, and ultimately commencing with the Jets. A person of his major supporters was constantly his grandfather.