Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Copeland is one of four investors in a new “Shark Tank”-style real estate show that debuted on Netflix this week.
The reality show is called “Buy My House” and it focuses on buying houses instead of businesses.
Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman, Corcoran CEO Pam Liebman and real estate mogul Danisha Wrightster make up the panel along with Copeland.
Copeland, who played with New England in 2021, filmed the show in 2021 while playing for the Falcons.
“I understand the potential that a show like this has, not only to change my life forever, but also, ‘Shark Tank’ has changed the lives of so many people,” Copeland told ESPN. “I see business differently because of ‘Shark Tank.’ I understand ratings a little differently because of ‘Shark Tank.’”
The free-agent linebacker who played college football at Penn said he felt extreme impostor syndrome on the first day of filming. He was reportedly doing two workouts a day before and after the show’s 12-hour filming sessions.
But encouragement from friends and producers, along with a look at his own portfolio, helped Copeland feel better and stick with the show.
Executive producer Tom Foreman found Copeland’s background intriguing. Having an Ivy League-educated NFL veteran working at a hedge fund in the offseason and trading houses in his spare time is a bit of a rare combination.
“I liked your resume. I liked the interesting way he had come to invest in property,” Forman said. “I liked the spirit of him and I approached him while we were airing the program and told him that we had you watched and that we had the perfect vehicle.”
Buying properties in the program was different from his previous investment experiences, Copeland said.
“You have to meet everyone and hear their stories and what they’ve been through in some of these places and what they mean to them and you can’t hide from that,” Copeland said. “It’s, I won’t say challenging, well, part challenging, but a different dynamic than any of us…or most of us have ever invested in.”
Copeland is still looking for an NFL team for this season. He worked out with the Ravens a few weeks ago.
But for now, the work ethic that propelled him into a long NFL career can be streamed on Netflix as he continues to expand his portfolio.
“I fully understood the show and what I hope people will be a part of,” Copeland said. “But I also thought it was one of those things that if I said no to this, I might regret it for the rest of my life.”
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