Chargers RB, Curtis Brinkley Interview
Curtis Brinkley played college football for Syracuse University. He was an all star running back for the Orange. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the San Diego Chargers, and didn’t end up making the final roster. He then signed with the Chargers’ practice squad. Throughout his rookie season he mixed between the active 53-man roster and practice squad. [UPDATE: He has earned more playing time as he career has gone on. He is still a member of the San Diego Chargers.
Strauss : So, Curtis, why do you make it important to connect to the fans?
Brinkley : Because fans are everything! They keep me going.
Strauss : And, who was your childhood star?
Brinkley : Barry Sanders… Because he was small and had a tremendous amount of knowledge of the game, his speed and agility was undeniable as well.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Brinkley : Michael Jordan… Because he went through a lot of struggles in his life. People were always telling him what he could and could not do, but now he is the BEST ever to play.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game?
Brinkley : I saw my first NFL game when I was ten. The Philadelphia Eagles played and won!
Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL, what would you want to do?
Brinkley : Go into Real Estate.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie?
Brinkley : Friday.
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Brinkley : Peanut M&Ms.
Strauss : What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Brinkley : Cookies n’ Cream Ice Cream.
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Brinkley : Martin.
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Brinkley : Chicken with broccoli, and mac n’ cheese.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Brinkley : Oh, Pacman.
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Brinkley : My phone.
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Brinkley : I’ve played for twelve years.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Brinkley : No, I didn’t play any other sports in high school.
Strauss : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?
Brinkley : Basketball, I was always good at Basketball. I just wasn’t tall enough, LOL!!!!!!!
Strauss : When did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Brinkley : I was seventeen when I learned that I was going to play football in high school, and when I was 23, I signed with the Chargers.
Strauss : What was it like to break records in Philadelphia-city high school football that were set by former first round draft pick, Kevin Jones?
Brinkley : It felt great. Kevin and I met one time, I think.. But I felt good when I broke the record and it feels good knowing that I am one of the best running backs in Philadelphia history..a lot of big names have come out of Philadelphia, and it is a true honor for CURTIS BRINKLEY to be on top!!!!!!!!
Strauss : Describe the hardest change between high school to college.
Brinkley : Learning the plays.
Strauss : Why did you choose the #22 at Syracuse?
Brinkley : It was my first number I wore, since I started playing football.
Strauss : How had your game improved throughout college?
Brinkley : I learned a lot about the game in four years.
Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Syracuse?
Brinkley : Senior Day at the [Carrier] Dome. Just seeing the love and support of all the fans!
Strauss : What was going through your mind when you signed with the Chargers?
Brinkley : I’m doing something I dreamed of all my life and a lot of people would love to be in my shoes.
Strauss : Why did you change to #44 with the Chargers?
Brinkley : I love all the greats that wore the number forty-four that went to Syracuse.
Strauss : What was the worst experience of your life?
Brinkley : The worst – When I was shot.
Strauss : What was your best experience of your life?
Brinkley : The better – The birth of my son!
Strauss : What is your favorite quote?
Brinkley : “If you don’t stand for nothing, you will fall for anything…” And another one, “The strong survive”.
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Brinkley : Don’t take anything for granted! Take your education as serious as you take football. Nothing is guaranteed!
Strauss : Thank you for your time.
Brinkley : I appreciate all the love and support they’ve shown during my road to recovery and stay tuned as there is always more to come. My dream is deferred not denied. Thanks for your interest in my story! Keep up the good work!