Larry Brackins

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Larry Brackins
Larry in NY.jpg
Brackins in a 2007 game against the New York Dragons
No. 1     Orlando Predators
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-11-05) November 5, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Dothan, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Dothan (AL)
College: Pearl River CC
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 5 / Pick: 155
Debuted in 2007 for the Philadelphia Soul
Career history
*Off season and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Career Arena football statistics as of 2014
Receptions 367
Receiving yards 4,501
Receiving TDs 127
Total Touchdowns 129
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Larry Brackins (born November 5, 1982) is an American football wide receiver for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (AFL). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pearl River Community College.

Brackins has also been a member of the New York Jets, New York Sentinels, Philadelphia Soul and Dallas Vigilantes.

Early years[edit]

Brackins attended Dothan High School where he was an All-State selection in both basketball and football. During his senior season, he recorded 32 receptions for 643 yards and six touchdowns, and also scored four rushing touchdowns as well. For his high school career, he averaged 31.0 yards per kickoff return and recorded 57 total tackles and one touchdown on an interception return. In basketball, he averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks a game while helping lead his team to the Class 6A state championship game.

College career[edit]

Brackins attended Pearl River Community College where he majored in Physical education. As a freshman, he recorded 43 receptions for 772 yards, and nine touchdowns he was also named First-Team All-State and First-Team All-Region in both football and basketball. For his career, he recorded 101 receptions for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns, while starting 23 games. While there he also won numerous awards, such as: 2003 All-MACJC, 2003 All-Region 23, 2004 First-team NJCAA All-American, 2004 All-MACJC, and 2004 All-Region 23.

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Brackins was selected in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 24, 2005 and signed with the team on July 28. He had two receptions for 19 yards in a preseason game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.[1] However, he did not make the final roster and was released on September 7. On January 10, 2006, he re-signed with the Buccaneers, and went to training camp with the team. However, once again he was released on July 25.

Philadelphia Soul[edit]

In 2007, Brackins signed with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. As a rookie he played in 10 regular season games and one playoff game. He was named Offensive Player of the Game twice, and recorded 56 receptions for 786 yards, 20 receiving touchdowns and one fumble return for a touchdown. His fumble return TD on March 22, 2007 vs. the Colorado Crush is included as a receiving TD in some records.

In 2008, Brackins finished ranked 17th in the league in receiving with 107 receptions for 1,395 yards and 29 touchdowns with a long of 43. He also finished 14th on the team in tackles with nine, and he returned one kickoff for zero yards. He was also named Offensive Player of the Game on three occasions that season. Brackins was the receiver of the game winning touchdown pass, in the playoffs against the New York Dragons. It was the first major video review in AFL history. The ruling was a touchdown, and Philadelphia would advance to host the Cleveland Gladiators the next week. Also, on July 27, 2008, he won his first championship of his professional career when the Soul defeated the San Jose SaberCats 59-56 in ArenaBowl XXII.

New York Jets[edit]

On August 19, 2008, Brackins was signed by the New York Jets.[2] However, he was released on August 30 during final cuts.

California Redwoods[edit]

On July 18, 2009, Brackins was drafted by the United Football League's California Redwoods. He signed with the team on September 2.[3]

Dallas Vigilantes[edit]

Brackins was a member of the Dallas Vigilantes. In his first game, he totaled 6 receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown. He finished the season with totals of 61 catches for 734 yards and 20 receiving touchdowns. He also had a net recovery for a touchdown in a game vs. the Tulsa Talons in Week 11.

Philadelphia Soul[edit]

Brackins re-joined the Philadelphia Soul in the 2011 season when the team returned to the Arena Football League. However, he was placed on waivers after a poor performance in a game vs. the Tampa Bay Storm in Week 6, but was brought back a week later due to his contributions on Special Teams and to be a Red Zone wide receiver specialist. He earned Ironman of the Game honors in two games later that year, as well as being named MVP and Offensive Player of the Game for his performance vs. the Cleveland Gladiators in Week 18 when he had 9 receptions for 133 yards and 3 touchdowns.

In 2012, Brackins became the Philadelphia Soul's all-time franchise leader in touchdown receptions. He had his best game of the regular season in Week 20 vs. Utah in which he caught 5 passes for 33 yards and 4 touchdowns while earning MVP of the Game honors.[4] Brackins excelled in the 2012 playoffs, scoring 14 total touchdowns in three games and set a Soul franchise record, as well as an Arena Football League playoff record for a single game when he scored 8 touchdowns (5 receiving, 2 rushing, 1 kick return) in the Soul's American Conference championship victory against the Jacksonville Sharks.[5]

The 2013 season saw Brackins catch another 15 touchdown passes for the Soul and in the process, went over 100 total touchdowns for his career, which included his first regular season kick return touchdown. He also recorded the first two interceptions of his career in a game vs. the Iowa Barnstormers while playing the entire game on defense as the Jack Linebacker.[6] He also hauled in another three touchdowns during two playoff games. However, due to a hamstring injury, he was unable to play in ArenaBowl 26, which proved to be significant for the Soul, as they lost in the ArenaBowl to the Arizona Rattlers for the second straight year, struggling to convert in the red zone without Brackins, with two costly turnovers that proved to be the difference. Despite not playing due to his injury, he still earned the distinction of becoming the first professional football player to play on three Philadelphia teams that played in a championship title game.[7]

Orlando Predators[edit]

On April 22, 2014, Brackins was traded to the Orlando Predators for future considerations.[8] In his 12 games with the Predators, Brackins amassed 48 receptions for 612 yards and 17 receiving TDs to bring his career regular season total to 126 receiving touchdowns. He is now third all-time in AFL history in TD to reception ratio at 34.6%.[9] He appeared in his third consecutive American Conference Championship game, making 5 catches for 69 yards and a touchdown, while adding two rushes for 13 yards and another touchdown in the Predators' 56-46 loss to the Cleveland Gladiators.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watch Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers [08/20/2005] - NFL.com". nfl.com. 2005-08-20. 
  2. ^ Barkowitz, Ed (2008-08-28). "Bringing Soul to NFL". Philly.com. Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2008-09-11. [dead link]
  3. ^ "UFL's California Redwoods Announces 11 New Players Including QB Shane Boyd". UFL-football.com. 2009-09-02. 
  4. ^ "SOUL END REGULAR SEASON WITH 69-34 VICTORY OVER UTAH". philadelphiasoul.com. Philadelphia Soul Press Release. 2012-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Soul Smash Sharks, Record Books To Move On To ArenaBowl XXV". arenafan.com. 2012-08-03. 
  6. ^ "Williams, Fontenette and Brackins Earn Weekly Honors". arenafootball.com. 2013-06-25. 
  7. ^ "Soul ArenaBowl agenda". philly.com. 2013-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Predators Acquire WR Larry Brackins from Soul". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  9. ^ "AFL Career Leaders ArenaFan.com". ArenaFan.com. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  10. ^ "Press Releases: Predators fall to Cleveland in the American Conference Championship, 56-46 (Orlando Predators press release)". ArenaFan.com. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 

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