I recently had the opportunity to interview former NFL All-Pro Wide Receiver and 2-time National Champion with the Miami Hurricanes, Horace Copeland. Copeland, a world class athlete who starred both in Track & Field and in football during his days at the University of Miami has always exemplified class on and off the field. I believe that as fans we are often oblivious to the fact that these student-athletes are just that, student athletes, thus not enough appreciation or respect is given to the fact that they must manage their time between their studies and athletics. Copeland was a two-sport student athlete, thus time management was of the utmost importance. Many may remember him for his signature touchdown flip celebrations in the end-zone during his NFL career, and it is with that same exuberance that Copeland has continued his exemplary and motivational work off the field.
Always active within the community since his playing days, nothing has changed for Copeland. As a matter of fact, since retiring in 2000, Copeland has invested more of his time in the community. Following in the footsteps of his former teammate Mike Alstott (retired fullback who played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Copeland has started his own football camp for kids.
Yet Copeland’s community involvement doesn’t end there. Copeland (a family man) takes time out of his busy schedule to motivate young kids by visiting schools and encouraging them through motivationals speeches. In some cases Copeland doesn’t always have to speak to the students, he believes that just his mere presence can have a profound affect on them. Yet, there is still quite a bit that we do not know about Horace Copeland. First off, how did he get the nickname “Hi-C” and where did the backflip celebration begin? Copeland answered these questions and more in a 3 part one-on-one interview. Take a listen.
For more on Horace Copeland you can check out his website by clicking on his name in the post or simply clicking the following link http://www.horacecopeland.com/index.htm.