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:: Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, In Football and Life
Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, In Football and Life
Framed within the frenzy leading up to a Super Bowl, Gary Brackett flashes back to the defining moments and lessons in his journey leading to the threshold of a championship season. With his heart metaphorically on his jersey sleeve, Gary invites the reader inside the world of NFL football and the drama leading up to the biggest game day of the year. Along the way, Gary provides glimpses of real-life heroes, on and off the field, as he recounts the stories in this touching testament to the memory of his mom, dad, and brother.
Gary Brackett has overcome countless challenges in his football career and has triumphed over life's adversities. Focusing on the importance of a positive attitude, hard work, commitment to teammates, love of family, and faith, he shares his inspiring life story.
About Gary Brackett
Gary Lawrence Brackett was born and raised in New Jersey. Gary attended Glassboro High School in Glassboro, N.J. where 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. In college, he was a walk-on to the Rutgers University football team. By his senior year, he was defensive captain and won the team's defensive MVP honors.
In 2003, Gary Brackett was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent. 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.
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. Gary was married in 2010 to his wife, Ragan.
They live in Indianapolis with their two beautiful children.
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