American Football Database
American Football Database
Gary Brackett
No. --     Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-05-23) May 23, 1980 (age 41)
Place of birth: Glassboro, New Jersey
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College: Rutgers
Undrafted in 2003
Debuted in 2003 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2011
Tackles     707
Sacks     4.0
INT     12
Stats at

Gary Lawrence Brackett (born May 23, 1980) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. 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.

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.[2] 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 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.


  1. Gary Brackett player profile, Indianapolis Colts. Accessed March 3, 2007.
  2. Gary Brackett player profile, Indianapolis Colts. Accessed March 3, 2007.

External links

Official website

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