Gary Brackett

Gary Lawrence Brackett (born May 23, 1980) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rutgers, and signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2003. Brackett played for the Colts for nine seasons, and won Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears.

Gary Brackett
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Brackett in 2007
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Personal information
Born:May 23, 1980 (age 39)
Glassboro, New Jersey
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Glassboro
(Glassboro, New Jersey)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:707
Defensive touchdowns:1
Forced fumbles:5
Fumble Recoveries:3
Pass deflections:23
Player stats at

Early years

Brackett attended Glassboro High School in Glassboro, New Jersey. He was a two-time All-South Jersey selection, a two-time All-Group I choice, and a two-time All-Tri-County Conference choice.

College career

Brackett was a walk-on to the Rutgers University football team.[1] By his senior year, he was captain of the defensive team and won the team's defensive MVP honors.

Professional career

Brackett was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2003. Brackett was a backup his first two years until he became a starter in 2005. That year, he had 127 tackles, three interceptions and a sack. In 2006, he was named defensive captain of the Colts and had 120 tackles.[1] He started for the Colts in their Super Bowl XLI win over the Chicago Bears. In 2007 Brackett recorded 116 tackles and four interceptions. He recorded 99 tackles in both 2008 and 2009. He started for the Colts in their Super Bowl XLIV loss to the New Orleans Saints. He was released following the 2011 season on March 9, 2012. During his career, Brackett was twice named AFC Defensive Player-of-the-Week.[1]

Life after the NFL

Brackett earned a Master of Business Administration degree after retirement and opened a series of restaurants in Indianapolis, including CharBlue downtown.[2][3]


During a 17-month span, starting in 2003, Brackett lost his mother, father, and brother.[4]

In 2009 Brackett was the 11th annual recipient of the Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award, presented to an NFL player "whose contributions to the community and charitable organizations are especially outstanding." He won the award for his work with the IMPACT Foundation, a charity he founded in the spring of 2007.

In 2011, Brackett published Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, In Football and Life, a memoir about his life, including his accomplishments and struggles with family, college, and the NFL.

Gary and his wife Ragan have three children: Gabrielle, Gary Jr., and, Georgia Reese


  1. ^ a b c Gary Brackett player profile, Indianapolis Colts.
  2. ^ Biro, Liz (2 September 2014). "Georgia Reese's kicks off Gary Brackett's new career today". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  3. ^ "About CharBlue". Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  4. ^ Mosley, Matt (February 3, 2007). "Talking about his loss helps Brackett get through pain". Retrieved April 1, 2017.

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2002 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team

The 2002 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represented Rutgers University in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Scarlet Knights were led by second-year head coach Greg Schiano and played their home games at Rutgers Stadium. They are a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 1–11, 0–7 in Big East play to finish in last place.

2003 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2003 Indianapolis Colts season was the 51st season for the team in the National Football League and 20th in Indianapolis. The Colts improved on their 10-6 record from 2002, going 12-4 and reached the postseason for the second straight season. After the season, quarterback Peyton Manning was named league MVP along with Steve McNair of Tennessee.

After defeating the Broncos and the Chiefs in the first two rounds, the Colts lost to the New England Patriots in the title game, which saw the first playoff meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. New England would go on to defeat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. It was the final season seeing the Colts wear their blue facemasks and white shoes.

2004 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2004 Indianapolis Colts season was the 52nd season for the team in the National Football League and 21st in Indianapolis. The 2004 Colts season began with the team trying to maintain or improve on their 12–4 record from 2003, and advance farther into the playoffs. The Colts finished the season 12–4, and defeated the Denver Broncos for the second straight time in the playoffs, but they were halted in the Divisional round by the defending and eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Peyton Manning had one of the best seasons ever by an NFL quarterback, throwing 49 touchdown passes and breaking the previous record of 48 held by Dan Marino. At season's end, Peyton Manning was named the NFL MVP. For the season the Colts set an NFL record with 51 total touchdown passes. The Colts led the NFL with 522 points scored. The Colts tallied more points in the first half of each of their games of the 2004 NFL season (277 points) than seven other NFL teams managed in the entire season.Despite throwing for 49 touchdown passes, Peyton Manning attempted fewer than 500 passes for the first time in his NFL career. Sports statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that Manning had the best-ever season by a quarterback, play-for-play, in 2004.The 2004 Colts are the only team in NFL history to convert five or more passing touchdowns in a game four different times during the regular season.

2009 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2009 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 57th season in the National Football League and the 26th in Indianapolis. It was the first season since 2002 that the Colts did not have Tony Dungy on their coaching staff, due to his retirement from coaching. The 2009 Indianapolis Colts improved upon their 12–4 record from 2008 as well as winning their sixth AFC South division championship in seven years. The Colts also clinched the #1 playoff seed in the AFC. The Colts became the sole undefeated team after week 15. The following week, the Colts lost to the New York Jets after benching their starters. The Colts were aiming to end their three year Super Bowl drought. During the playoffs, the Colts defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round and the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game and represented the AFC in Super Bowl XLIV. The 14-2 Colts lost to the 13-3 New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV, 17–31.

2010 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2010 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 58th season in the National Football League, the 27th in Indianapolis, and the second under head coach Jim Caldwell. The defending AFC champions were looking to repeat as AFC champions and win it all in Super Bowl XLV to end their four-year championship drought. It was also the final season with Peyton Manning as the team's starting quarterback. They also clinched their ninth consecutive postseason appearance, tying the all-time record for consecutive postseason appearances by a team with the Dallas Cowboys, who made the playoffs every season from 1975–1983. Though the Colts failed to win 12 or more games for the first time since 2002, the team did win the AFC South division title for the seventh time in eight seasons, but were eliminated by the New York Jets in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, which also turned out to be Peyton Manning’s final game in a Colts uniform, as he would sit out next season to undergo neck surgery and was released by the team and subsequently signed with the Denver Broncos.

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