Brackett in 2007
|Date of birth:||May 23, 1980|
|Place of birth:||Glassboro, New Jersey|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 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 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.
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.
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During a 17-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
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