Brinkley was ranked the 12th best running back in the nation by Rivals.com. He was second-team All-Big east in 2008 after rushing for 1,164 yards and seven scores.
The San Diego Chargers released a statement Friday after a Chargers running back from Philadelphia was hospitalized after being shot in his car at a suburban intersection in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.
Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley, 23, was inside his car about midnight when the gunman came up to the car on foot and fired multiple times before running to a nearby car and fleeing the scene, police said.
Brinkley fled the scene to a "place of safety" police said and they took him to a hospital. Police say Brinkley was able to talk to them when they found him. The hospital says Brinkley is in fair, stable condition.
"The entire organization wishes Curtis a quick and full recovery,” the statement said. “The team has learned no other details about the incident and will have no further comment while local authorities conduct their investigation."
Curtis' uncle told KOGO that the football player had received a call from his sister for a ride. He thinks that her fiancé spotted the two and pegged Curtis as a guy his fiancé was cheating on him with.
The San Diego Chargers signed Brinkley as a free agent this year. He was a standout running back at Syracuse and a star at West Catholic where he rushed for 7,429 yards and 85 touchdowns, breaking the Philadelphia prep school record previously held by NFL running back Kevin Jones, according to Philly.com. In his senior year at West Catholic he had a record-setting 2,813 yards.