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Curtis Brinkley
No. 44     San Diego Chargers
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: September 20, 1985 (1985-09-20) (age 24)
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
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Reserve/Non-Football Injury
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements
Stats at

Curtis Brinkley 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 years

Brinkley was born on September 20, 1985 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended both West Catholic High School and Hargrave Military Academy, both in Philadelphia.[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 career

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 but fumbled in the fourth quarter on a kickoff.[5] As a senior, Brinkley ran for 1,164 rushing yards and scored 14 touchdowns with 237 carries.[6]

Professional career


San Diego Chargers

After going unselected in the 2009 NFL Draft, Brinkley was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent.[7]


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.[8] After the shooting, the gunman fled to an unknown vehicle while Brinkley sped away to a safer area where he was found by police.[8][9] Following the shooting, he 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]


His cousin is current Prep Charter High School basketball coach Dan Brinkley.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Syracuse Orange bio". Syracuse Orange. Retrieved 2009-07-10.  
  2. ^ a b c "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. ^ a b 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. ^ a b Araiza, Karen (2009-07-10). "West Catholic Football Star Curtis Brinkley Shot". NBC Philadelphia. Retrieved 2009-07-10.  
  9. ^ Wagner, Liz (2009-07-10). "NFL player shot in Montco". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-07-10.  

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