July 4, 2012 |
He suffered the kind of freak incident that all too often turns tragic. When those two bullets ripped through Curtis Brinkley's shoulder, one lodging dangerously close to his heart, he easily could have become yet another homicide victim in 2009, one more black male whose life ended too soon. But if you know anything about Brinkley, you knew he wasn't going out like that. Hard work and sheer determination have always been big parts of Brinkley's repertoire, but his dream of playing in the NFL was never a sure thing.
November 24, 2010
NOW LIVING his life as a San Diego Chargers halfback, Curtis Brinkley had a heck of a night in Monday's 35-14 win over the Broncos. Even if it only was for one play. Brinkley, a 2004 West Catholic gridiron standout who still holds the city rushing record, made his NFL debut Monday night just hours removed from the Chargers' practice squad. According to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune , Brink-ley made his debut in the fourth quarter with under 2 minutes remaining as a back to block and chew clock.
November 5, 2010 |
The sound of gunshots might have faded from the memory of NFL running back Curtis Brinkley as he focuses on the football season, but his being shot was replayed Thursday in a Norristown courtroom. Anthony Peterson Jr., 25, the boyfriend of Brinkley's sister, admitted that the three bullets he fired into a dark car in Elkins Park in July 2009 were meant for a man she was seeing - not Curtis Brinkley. But two of the rounds struck the newly signed free agent for the San Diego Chargers in the shoulder as he waited for his sister to finish work at an adult day-care center, and forced him to fight back from what could have been a career-ending injury.
November 25, 2009 |
THE NIGHT IT happened, Margie Cason had just seen her grandson, Curtis Brinkley. He had left her house to pick up his sister from work. But what happened then was so strange: There she was, typing away at her computer, when suddenly she broke out in a deep sweat. She became dizzy, feeling as if she was going to pass out, and called upstairs to her son to bring her a glass of water. Her son said she should go lay down. But as she went to do just that, the telephone rang: A hysterical voice on the phone told her that Curtis had been shot.
August 21, 2009 |
Sidelined NFL rookie Curtis Brinkley is ramping up physical therapy on his injured right shoulder, hoping to be ready for winter training with the San Diego Chargers, he said yesterday. In Elkins Park to attend the preliminary hearing of his alleged assailant, Brinkley said he had bounced back from surgery July 21 to remove fragments of a bullet from his shoulder and chest. Brinkley, a running back, had signed a two-year contract as a free agent to play for the Chargers. He was due back at training camp July 25 after a break, but never made it. On July 10, he was shot while sitting in a car outside an adult-care center in Elkins Park, waiting for his sister to finish a midnight shift.
August 11, 2009 |
Police say they believe a case of mistaken identity is behind the shooting of rookie NFL running back Curtis Brinkley as he waited to pick up his sister from work early July 10 in Elkins Park. The accused gunman, Anthony Peterson Jr., thought he was targeting a suitor of Brinkley's sister when he fired three rounds at Brinkley, who sat in a parked car, police said. Brinkley's sister was identified as Peterson's girlfriend and the mother of his 1-year-old son, according to court papers.
August 10, 2009 |
Mystery solved, but questions remain in the shooting last month of NFL player Curtis Brinkley. The man who allegedly shot Brinkley, 23, while the player was seated in a parked car in Elkins Park turned himself in late Saturday, and a relative said he was known to the Brinkley family. Anthony Peterson, 23, of 19th Street near Pacific in Tioga, is the boyfriend of Brinkley's sister, Niveka Cason-Johnson, said Brinkley's grandmother Marge Cason. The couple are parents of Brinkley's 1-year-old nephew, she said.
July 11, 2009 |
He'll live. The question is, when will he be able to play football again? Curtis Brinkley, 23, former star running back at West Catholic High School and newly signed free agent with the San Diego Chargers, narrowly survived an attempt on his life early yesterday while he sat in a car on a leafy suburban street. As Brinkley idled at a curb, waiting to pick up his sister after her work shift at an adult-care center in Elkins Park, a gunman walked across the intersection of Ashbourne Road and Spring Avenue.
July 11, 2009 |
CURTIS BRINKLEY is a lucky man. Brinkley, a 2004 West Catholic High graduate and holder of two city-leagues football records that include season and career rushing yardage, was shot shortly after midnight yesterday while waiting to pick up his sister from work in Elkins Park. Late yesterday, he was released from the intensive-care unit of Albert Einstein Medical Center and was listed in good condition. But it could have been much worse. The bullets hit Brinkley in the shoulder, sending bone fragments through his back.
September 12, 2008 |
Curtis Brinkley is playing his best football since his days at West Catholic High School. So, he says, watch out, Penn State. "A big team coming in like that is an opportunity for you to make your name as a team and as an individual," Brinkley said this week. "I'm looking forward to it. " Brinkley, a senior, is about the only Syracuse player who can be confident headed into tomorrow's game against 17th-ranked Penn State at the Carrier Dome. The former all-time city rushing leader played two of the better games of his college career while the Orange scuffled in losses to Northwestern and Akron.