Jasper Brinkley

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Jasper Brinkley
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Brinkley with the Giants in 2016
No. -- Free agent
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-07-12) July 12, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth: Thomson, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Thomson (GA)
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 150
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2015
Total tackles: 306
Sacks: 2.0
Pass deflections: 4
Forced fumbles: 8
Player stats at NFL.com

Jasper Jerrell Brinkley (born July 12, 1985) is an American football middle linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of South Carolina and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of 2009 NFL Draft.[1] He has also played for the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants.

His twin brother, Casper Brinkley, was a member of the Carolina Panthers.[2]

College career[edit]

Brinkley attended the University of South Carolina, where he played for the South Carolina Gamecocks football team as junior college transfer from Georgia Military College alongside his twin brother Casper.[3] 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-Southeastern Conference (SEC) first-team honors as he started all but 1 game for the Gamecocks and ranked 2nd on the squad with 73 tackles.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

After the end of the 2008 season, Brinkley was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game[5] and was a participant at the 2009 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.[6] 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.[7] Brinkley projected to serve as the backup to E. J. Henderson at middle linebacker.[8] 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.[9]

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. 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.[10]

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,[11] 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.[12]

On November 16, 2012, Brinkley was fined $21,000 for a hit to the head against the Detroit Lions.[13]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Brinkley signed with the Arizona Cardinals on March 14, 2013.[14]

He was released by the Arizona Cardinals on February 28, 2014.

Second Stint with Vikings[edit]

On March 9, 2014, Brinkley re-signed with the Vikings.[15] Brinkley switched jersey numbers with Gerald Hodges.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On March 12, 2015, Brinkley signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, as insurance in case the team couldn't re-sign Rolando McClain. During training camp he was passed on the depth chart by other linebackers. Even though his contract included $2 million guaranteed in earnings, he was released on September 7 to make room for offensive tackle Jordan Mills.

New York Giants[edit]

On September 9, 2015, Brinkley was signed by the New York Giants.[16] Brinkley became a free agent after the 2015 season. On March 29, 2016, he re-signed with the Giants.[17] On September 5, 2016, he was released by the Giants.[18]


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