Torrey Smith

At Beyond the Basics camp, former Raven Brandon Copeland puts focus on life outside football

At Beyond the Basics camp, former Raven Brandon Copeland puts focus on life outside football

“A lot of athletes die two deaths,” Brandon Copeland is saying, and he knows this because not far from him is the field where his football life flashed before his eyes. Or so it seemed, anyway.

Here was the most consequential kickoff of his Gilman career. A Greyhounds teammate had gone down in a late-season 2008 game against visiting Loyola Blakefield. Coach Biff Poggi told Copeland he would be lining up in the wedge. As they went out to block, a teammate fell on Copeland’s ankle. He heard a pop, felt the rush of pain. He finished the game, and the season. But “to me,” Copeland said last month at Gilman, where he was promoting his second annual youth football camp, “it wasn’t the...

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