Pinkard on the sidelines during a USC game
|Date of birth:||April 2, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Oxnard, California|
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Josh Pinkard (born April 2, 1986) is an American football cornerback, currently unsigned, who was most recently with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He played college football at Southern California.
High school career
Pinkard's prep career included being named a Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division IV and Los Angeles Times All-Ventura/North Coast pick as a senior defensive back and wide receiver. During his senior year at Hueneme he recorded 123 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 interceptions on defense and 22 receptions for 200-plus yards with 5 TDs on offense. He earned All-American honors in 2003.
In his freshman year in 2004, Pinkard played in all 13 games as a reserve safety and on special teams.
In his redshirt junior year in 2007, Pinkard was moved to the top of the cornerback depth chart. However, in the practice before the first game of the season he once again suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, this time on his left knee, that ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
On May 18, 2007, Pinkard was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by the California Highway Patrol. After a brief stay in jail, he was released pending his court hearing. In November 2007, Pinkard pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving and was sentenced to 36 months of probation and was ordered to pay a fine.
When a senior, Pinkard was granted a sixth year by the NCAA due to two season-ending knee injuries. He was finally given his full clearance to come back. On the same day, Pinkard was also invited to the NFL combine. He was named second team All Pac-10 in 2009.
After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Pinkard signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. He was released on September 3, 2011, re-signed to the Seahawks' practice squad the following day, and then released from the practice squad on September 6, 2011.