Beyond The Trophy: Danny Copeland, Colgate University


Name: Danny Copeland

College: Colgate University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-0, 195 pounds, junior, QB

High School: The Bullis School, Rockville, Md.

About Danny Copeland: A multi-sport athlete in high school, Copeland chose to play football at Colgate. He also lettered in tennis, hockey and lacrosse as a prep athlete. A political science major, Copeland is the President of the Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. He is a back-up dual-threat quarterback for the Raiders and appeared in one game each of his first two seasons.

As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?

COPELAND: Being at Colgate University, we do not always get the biggest crowds or even the best weather for our home games. However, taking the field for warm ups is always exhilarating and for me is the most exciting part about home games. Also, after home game wins we always sing our fight song on the “C” in the middle of the field, that is also a great feeling as well, especially because we know we got the win.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?

COPELAND: As a freshman and sophomore I was always looking up to older players on the team, and I found a lot of them to be very engaged in Uplifting Athletes. I took an interest to it right off the bat because of that. Now as a junior, I recognize the good it does for people and how much it can help those who need it. I think it is important to help in your community and support causes that are close to your heart. Uplifting Athletes has made me more aware of some of the unfair and unfortunate parts of life, but it has also given me hope for I know there are a lot of good people out there who care and want to make a difference.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

COPELAND: My most memorable experience playing college football has to be from September of this year. We played Navy in Annapolis and the whole weekend was very memorable. Being a smaller school, we do not always get to play in stadiums like Navy’s or against teams with as big of a name and reputation as Navy. The outcome was not what we wanted but nonetheless it was an incredible experience and one I will remember when I reflect on my college football days.

What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?

COPELAND: As a Patriot League team we face a lot of good conference opponents every year. Those games are always close and competitive. However, the toughest team we faced this year so far was definitely Navy. And we also recently played Princeton, another very good team. Navy is tough because they are big and physical and runs an offense that wears down your defense and has a lot of trickery involved. Princeton was very good overall as well, especially on the defensive side of the ball in terms of rallying to the football and making good open field tackles. Navy and Princeton have been the two toughest teams we faced this year.

What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?

COPELAND: I am a Political Science major and although the two, political science and uplifting athletes don’t seem all that related I still feel I have used some common skills in both areas. In political science I have to think critically and realistically, in my position for Uplifting Athletes I have to do the same. I have to coordinate events and communicate with teammates but also have to consider how busy everyone is and what events will actually be meaningful and successful at the end of the day.

Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?

COPELAND: I love watching Cardale Jones play. As one of the back-up quarterbacks myself, it is always exciting to see a back up come in and dominate the game like Cardale does. Also, he is just a fun player to watch, he makes big plays constantly and has a lot of talent around him.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

COPELAND: My favorite NFL player to watch is Aaron Rodgers. I think he is the best at what he does and he is just fun to watch. There is also so much to be learned just from watching him, he is entertaining and his footwork is incredible. Some of the plays he makes at big moments in games are ridiculous, he is my favorite player to watch for sure.

 In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?

COPELAND: That is a very tough question and my best answer right now is I have no clue. There are a lot of things I am interested in and could see myself pursuing after football and school, but perhaps the career that interests me most, at the moment at least, is some type of real estate or real estate development. I would also love to be a high school football coach somewhere along the way, it will be interesting to see what path I decide to pursue in two years from now.

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