"A tight end last fall, Brinkman will get a look at strong safety in 1974. He suffered a broken arm in a preseason game with the Redskins and never returned to action in 1973. Cookie caught two passes for 32 yards in preseason appearances against the Eagles and Packers.
Cookie signed as a free agent with Cincinnati in 1971, was acquired from the Bengals by Cleveland and spent 1971 on the Browns taxi squad. He appeared in two games for the Browns in 1972, one against the Dolphins in the playoffs.
Brinkman was a tight end and punter for Coaches Frank Camp and Lee Corso at Louisville. An honorable mention UPI All-American, All-Missouri Valley Conference pick and the leading MVC pass receiver, Brinkman was Louisville's Outstanding Senior in 1970. He played with the Cardinals in the Pasadena Bowl, once had an 89-yard punt against Tulsa and caught 10 passes for 199 yards against Marshall in 1970.
Cookie was awarded his B.S. degree in marketing and is an excellent golfer with ambitions to someday become a course professional; he once fired a 29 on a par 34 course. His father is a baseball scout for the Cincinnati Reds. Cookie plays the guitar."
-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook