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Beau Brinkley continues to represent Kearney in NFL
Beau Brinkley played for the Tennessee Titans from 2012-2020. (Credit: George Walker IV / The Tennessean via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

Beau Brinkley continues to represent Kearney in NFL

KEARNEY, Mo. (BVM) – Most NFL players were highlytouted prospects coming out of high school who went on to become big names during their college careers. For Beau Brinkley, that wasn’t the case. Yet, he has turned out to be just as successful as many of his NFL peers.

Brinkley is also part of a rare breed when it comes to his position as a long snapper. However, he has been shining in that role for well over a decade.

After graduating from Kearney High School in 2008, Brinkley walked on at the University of Missouri, but quickly became an irreplaceable piece of the Tigers’ football team. In 2008, Brinkley won the long-snapping job. He helped lead a tremendous operation that season, as kicker Jeff Wolfert went a perfect 73-for-73 on extra points and 20-for-27 on field goals. 

As a sophomore, Brinkley became Mizzou’s Special Teams Player of the Year, again helping his kicker to go perfect on extra points and 26-for-27 on field goals. By 2010, Brinkley proved his versatility as he was seeing time at tight end prior to suffering a shoulder injury. Still, he concluded his Mizzou career with two more strong years as a long-snapper.

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Beau Brinkley has had brief stints with several NFL teams since playing with the Titans, and is currently with the Atlanta Falcons. (Credit: George Walker IV / The Tennessean via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

Brinkley would earn his chance in the NFL as an undrafted free agent, signing with the Tennessee Titans in April of 2012. By 2015, Brinkley had become a staple of the Titans’ special teams unit, and was rewarded with a five-year contract extension worth upwards of $5 million. In 2019, Brinkley signed another multi-year contract extension with Tennessee.

Throughout his Titans tenure, Brinkley helped punter Brett Kern become one of the best in the league and earn three Pro Bowl selections. Brinkley himself was also named a Pro Bowl alternate during the 2019 season – a year in which the Titans would make it all the way to the AFC Championship game.

After appearing in seven games for the Titans early in the 2020 season, Brinkley was released by his longtime team in November. Since, he has bounced around the league. Following a cup of coffee early in 2021 with the Detroit Lions, the Kearney native appeared in three games for the Arizona Cardinals last season. He briefly landed on the Los Angeles Chargers’ practice squad to end the year following his release from the Cardinals.

Earlier this year, Brinkley spent a month with the Chicago Bears before signing a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons in April. 

About a month later, the 32-year-old was placed on injured reserve after rupturing his Achilles. He remains on the Falcons’ IR currently as he continues to work his way back from the injury.

It’s not the first time Brinkley has faced adversity in his career, and it would not be surprising to see him come back and thrive again once healthy. His story from walk-on to undrafted free agent to NFL long-snapper is one that can inspire anyone, and continues to make his hometown of Kearney proud.

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