|Born:||September 20, 1970|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||285 lb (129 kg)|
|High school:||Valley (Valley, Alabama)|
|NFL Draft:||1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5|
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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.
Copeland was born in Lanett, Alabama. He attended Valley High School in Valley, Alabama, where he played high school football for the Valley Rams.
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.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Copeland in the first round (fifth pick overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft, and he played for the Bengals from 1993 to 2000. 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 .
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He was the Head Coach and off-season strength and conditioning coach for the Tuscaloosa Academy Knights in Tuscaloosa, Alabama but was relieved of his duties on July 29, 2020.