American Football Database
American Football Database
John Copeland
No. 92     
Defensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-09-20) September 20, 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth: Lanett, Alabama
High School: Valley (AL)
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Debuted in 1993 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Games played     107
Games started     102
Tackles     324
Quarterback sacks     24.0
Forced fumbles     9
Touchdowns     1
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John Anthony Copeland (born September 20, 1970) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for the University of Alabama, was recognized as an All-American and was a member of a national championship team in 1992. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft, and he played his entire pro career for the Bengals.

Early years

Copeland was born in Lanett, Alabama.[1] He attended Valley High School in Valley, Alabama,[2] where he played high school football for the Valley Rams.

College career

Copeland initially attended Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, but later received an athletic scholarship to transfer to the University of Alabama, and played for coach Gene Stallings' Alabama Crimson Tide football teams. Paired with fellow defensive end Eric Curry on opposite ends of the Crimson Tide's defensive line, the two ends were key contributors to the team's No. 1 ranked defense in 1992, when both of Curry and Copeland were recognized as consensus first-team All-Americans. As a senior, he was a member of the Crimson Tide team that won the consensus national championship by defeating the Miami Hurricanes 34–13 in the Sugar Bowl.

Professional career

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Copeland in the first round (fifth pick overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft,[3] and he played for the Bengals from 1993 to 2000.[4] In eight NFL seasons, he played in 107 regular season games, started 102 of them, and compiled 324 tackles, 24.0 quarterback sacks, nine forced fumbles, three interceptions and a touchdown on a fumble recovery . [4]


He is currently the defensive coordinator and off-season strength and conditioning coach for the Tuscaloosa Academy Knights in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.[5]


  1. National Football League, Historical Players, John Copeland. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  2., Players, John Copeland. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  3. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1, Players, John Copeland. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  5. Tuscaloosa Academy, Athletics, TA Knights Varsity Football. Retrieved February 16, 2012.