No. 54 Minnesota Vikings
|Date of birth:July 12, 1985|
|Place of birth: Thomson, Georgia|
|College: South Carolina|
|NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 150|
|Debuted in 2009 for the Minnesota Vikings|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Jasper Jerrell Brinkley (born July 12, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of South Carolina. He was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round of 2009 NFL Draft (150 overall).
Brinkley started at middle-linebacker due to the injury of E. J. Henderson during the 2009 season. Henderson seriously injured his leg against the Arizona Cardinals in week 13, and was out the remainder of the season. Brinkley has had a very close, apprentice-like relationship with Henderson who mentored him as a rookie throughout training camp and his first professional season, even quizzing him while watching film together. His twin brother, Casper Brinkley, played for the Carolina Panthers but is no longer with the team.
Brinkley played college football at South Carolina as junior college transfers from Georgia Military College alongside his twin brother Casper. He started 29 of 30 games. He finished his career with 298 total tackles, 27.5 sacks, 30.5 tackles for a loss and 10 interceptions. As a senior, Brinkley captured All-SEC 1st-team honors as he started all but 1 game for the Gamecocks and ranked 2nd on the squad with 73 tackles.
After the end of the 2008 season, Brinkley was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game and was a participant at the 2009 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He was selected by the Vikings in the 5th round of 2009 NFL Draft (150th overall), on June 30 Brinkley signed a 4-year contract with Minnesota. Brinkley projected to serve as the backup to E. J. Henderson at middle linebacker. His spot on the depth chart was confirmed when Henderson went down with an injury to his femur after a collision with teammate Jamarca Sanford in week 13 at Arizona. Brinkley stepped into the game in the fourth quarter, recording five tackles for negative 4 yards on Arizona running back Tim Hightower.
On December 13, 2009 (week 14), Brinkley made his first start against the Cincinnati Bengals. He recorded 7 tackles en route to a 30-10 victory over the Bengals.
On December 20 (week 15), Brinkley started against the Carolina Panthers in a devastating 7-26 loss. He performed admirably, recording 12 tackles (including 5 tackles of Panther's running-back Jonathan Stewart: a 14-yard loss, a tackle for no gain, and another for only a 1-yard gain) and 2 forced fumbles, the first of his career.
On December 28 against the Chicago Bears, the Vikings suffered a crushing 36-30 loss - their second in a row to a team that was not in playoff contention. Brinkley had 9 tackles, helping the defense to hold Chicago running-back Matt Forte to only 52 yards.
He was released by the Arizona Cardinals on February 28, 2014.
Second Stint with Vikings
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- Cards Nab Jasper Brinkley
- Patra, Kevin (March 9, 2014). "Report: Minnesota Vikings sign LB Jasper Brinkley". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-03-09.