By Richard Kent
Updated: November 12, 2005
CONNETICUTT—Adversity.Gary Brackett knows all about it.He lost his parents and brother all withing 16 months.He was a walk on in college.He did not get drafted by the NFL.But things have changed for Brackett.
The New Jersey native is now a starting linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts.Yes those Colts.The ones that beat the patriots the other night.The undefeated team that went 0-5 in preseason.The Colts.The likely Super Bowl Champs.
Brackett went to Glassboro High Schools and did not get many scholarship offers.He enrolled at Rutgers.He was one of many walk ons.He earned a scholarship and captained the team as a junior and a senior.He calls head coach Greg Schiano one of his idols.Schiano helped to prepare him for the NFL because he coached in the NFL before he took over as defensive coordinator at Miami.
Gary was not drafted out of college.He was a free agent.Indianapolis gave him a look and liked what they saw.
Brackett was a special teams player in his first season and was a star.He impressed the coaching staff and was starting on defense not long after.
The key for the 5-11 235 pounder is the weight room.He discovered that at Rutgers and honed it in the NFL.That and a work ethic have made him a star.
He is fearless on the field and has gained the respect of teammates and opposing players as well.
It is fun for Brackett to be a major part of a 7-0 team that will be playing well into January.That never happened in college but he would never trade his college years.He loved Rutgers and learned more than he could possibly imagine.
Brackett lives in New Jersey and has never forgotten his roots.He is still a big part of the Rutgers football Program and is proud of their success.A likely bowl bid for the Scarlet Knights and a Super Bowl ring for Brackett.Not bad.