Curtis Brinkley
No. 36     San Diego Chargers
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-09-20) September 20, 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: Syracuse
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2010 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Rushing yards     227
Yards per carry     3.2
Rushing touchdowns     1
Receptions     19
Receiving yards     118
Receiving TDs     0
Stats at

Curtis Brinkley (born September 20, 1985) is an American football running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He was signed by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Syracuse.

Early yearsEdit

Brinkley was born on September 20, 1985 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended both West Catholic High School and Hargrave Military Academy.[1] During his career he set Philadelphia city records with 1,007 carries and rushing for 300 yards five times. As a senior he was named all-city along with rushing for 2,813 yards.[1] He finished his high school career with 7,429 yards and scoring 85 touchdowns in four years.[2] Those stats broke the record of current Chicago Bears running back Kevin Jones.[1] In 2004, at Hargrave he faced competition from Robert Barcliff and Andre Brown.[3] During his time in high school, Brinkley was nicknamed "Boonah". Brinkley was the MVP of the 2004 Big 33 game.[4]

College careerEdit

Entering college, Brinkley was named a PrepStar All-American and was rated as the 12th best running back by[1] On October 6, 2005, against Florida State saw playing time as a kick returner.[5] As a senior, Brinkley ran for 1,165 rushing yards and scored 14 touchdowns with 237 carries.[6]

Professional careerEdit

San Diego ChargersEdit

After going unselected in the 2009 NFL Draft, Brinkley was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent.[7] He was waived on September 4, 2010, but was re-signed the following day to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on September 25, only to be waived on September 28 and re-signed to the practice squad on October 1. The Chargers promoted him to the active roster again on November 22. Brinkley was waived on December 16 and re-signed to the practice squad on December 19. However, he was promoted to the active roster again on December 31, where he finished the season. The following season, he was waived during final cuts again and was later re-signed to the practice squad on September 12, 2011. On September 15, he was released, only to be re-added to the practice squad on September 17. The Chargers released him again a week later, but again re-signed him on September 28. Brinkley was promoted to the active roster on October 22. Brinkley scored his first career touchdown on October 31, 2011 in a Monday Night Football game at Kansas City. He totaled 43 yards on 10 carries, reaching the end zone on a 2-yard score.[8] However, Brinkley was diagnosed with a concussion after the game.[8]


On July 10, 2009, Brinkley was shot multiple times by an unknown gunman while his car was stopped in the Philadelphia suburb of Cheltenham Township.[9] After the shooting, Anthony Peterson Jr., 25, the boyfriend of Brinkley's sister, admitted to firing the shots, which were intended for a romantic rival. Peterson was convicted of one count each of attempted murder and aggravated assault, both first-degree felonies, and sentenced to seven to 14 years in state prison.[9][10] Following the shooting, Brinkley was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center and was listed in stable condition.[2] His shooting makes it the third time in six years a Chargers player was shot, Terrence Kiel was shot in 2003 and Steve Foley was shot in 2006.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Syracuse Orange bio". Syracuse Orange. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Chargers rookie Brinkley in stable condition after shooting". Associated Press ( July 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  3. "Barcliff joins West, Banks at Indiana State". The Roanoke Times. March 3, 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  4. Gelman, Bill (June 16, 2005). "Tie expectations". South Philly Review. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  5. Janela, Mike (October 1, 2005). "Mistakes maul Orange". The Daily Orange. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  6. "Curtis Brinkley". Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  7. Webb, Donnie (2009-04-26). "Brinkley accepts free agent deal with Chargers". [ The Post Standard/]. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Farrar, Doug (November 1, 2011) "Chargers' Curtis Brinkley is a survivor in more ways than one," Yahoo! Sports,
  9. 9.0 9.1 Araiza, Karen (2009-07-10). "West Catholic Football Star Curtis Brinkley Shot". NBC Philadelphia. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  10. Cook, Bonnie (2010-11-05). "Philadelphia man who shot NFL running back in Elkins Park gets prison". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-11-05.[dead link]

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