Brinker climbing ladder in Packers’ organization
You have to wake up pretty early in the morning if you’re going to out-work Chad Brinker.
And, there’s simply no substitute for hardwork. Once again, the 1998 Martins Ferry High School graduate is a prime example of that.
Brinker has been an employee in Green Bay Packers’ personnel department the past two seasons and he’s already climbing the ladder.
Late last month, the Packers announced that Brinker, who owns a Super Bowl Ring from the Packers’ 2010 title, was being promoted to pro scout after serving two years as a scouting assistant.
“I am very humbled and grateful to have the opporunity to take the next step this early in my pro career,” Brinker said during a phone interview. “I appreciate the trust this organization has put in me to allow me to develop as a personnel guy.”
Basically, Brinker’s responsibilities remain primarily the same. However, he’ll take on a more expansive role in terms of free agency, roster evaluations and scouting.
Regardless of his change in title, don’t expect any change from Brinker.
“(Packers GM) Ted Thompson tells us, ‘they can give you any big title they want, but remember you’re a scout. No matter what your title is, you’re a scout.”
Brinker’s attitude and work ethic won’t change despite his change in title. Actually, it’s fueling the Ohio University graduate to work even harder.
“I want to become the best in the business,” Brinker said. “I am just going to continue to be humble and work hard because that formula has worked well for me thus far. I believe that if you remain hungry and stay passionate, good things will come your way.”
So what are Brinker’s goals?
“I want to become a general manager in the NFL, but I realize there are only 32 of those jobs available,” Brinker said. “I want to continue to help this team compete for championships. I just don’t want to arrive (in the business), but I want to be the best.”
Brinker’s passion for football, being the best and never resting were instilled in him right here in the Ohio Valley. He credits his family, his Purple Rider and Ohio University coaches for helping to mold him into the guy he’s become.
“I’ve always been a football guy,” Brinker said. “God made me that way for whatever reason, but because of my family, my coaches and growing up in the Ohio Valley, my appreciation for the game really grew.”
While Brinker admits that he’s got numerous personal and individual goals set for himself professionally, the ultimate goal is to help the Packers climb back to the top of the NFL mountain.
“Our job (in personnel) is to find the talent needed to compete for championships,” Brinker said. “It’s all about what you’re doing to help the organization succeed.”
It’s by no means out of the realm of possibility to see Brinker continue to ascend up the ladder on a quick pace. It was just four summers ago, that Brinker took a leave of absence from his job as a pharmaseutical sales representative in Columbus to do an internship with the Packers.
“I am football through and through all day long,” Brinker said. “I really have been living the dream. I can’t say I was expecting things to happen this quickly, but I knew if I kept working hard and did a good job, eventually I’d be recognized.”
As for the Packers, Brinker believes they’ve definitely got the pieces in place to continue to contend in the NFC for years to come. However, he did admit that it was tough to get over the loss to New York Giants in last year’s NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field.
“Last year shows how hard this business can be,” Brinker said. “You just never know from year to year or even week to week how things are going to play out.”
While the core of players remains basically the same, the Packers had some jockeying in the front office.
“We lost three key, long-time personnel men over the last three years, who’ve helped bring a lot of success to this franchise,” Brinker said. “It’s similar to the players because you’re continuing to develop young talent and when it’s their turn, it their responsibility to perform.”
Brinker doesn’t think the Packers’ “window of opportunity” is anywhere near closing.
“My belief is that the great franchises of this league are able to create that window for longer periods of time and more often,” Brinker said. “But, the franchises must capitalize. Can we become the Steelers of the 70s, 49ers of the 80s, Cowboys of the 90s and Patriots of the 00s? I don’t know, but we feel we have the players. Obviously, some of it’s luck with injuries and things, but I know we’re a hungry team that ended last season with a bitter taste in our mouths.”