Brackett with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012
|Date of birth:||May 23, 1980|
|Place of birth:||Glassboro, New Jersey|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||235 lb (107 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Gary Lawrence Brackett (born May 23, 1980) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2003 and played for the team for nine seasons. He played college football at Rutgers.
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. 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.
Life after the NFL
During a 16-month span, starting in 2003, Brackett lost his mother, father, and brother.
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
He owns a Southern Style restaurant named after his daughter "Georgia Reese" in Indianapolis.
- Gary Brackett player profile, Indianapolis Colts.
- Biro, Liz (2 September 2014). "Georgia Reese's kicks off Gary Brackett's new career today". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2 September 2014.