Gary Brackett

From college to the NFL, Gary has always been a walk-on.

But it’s not how you start but how you finish.

In college, Gary finished from Rutgers as the team’s defensive MVP.

In the NFL became a Team Captain and a Superbowl Champion.

2009 Colts Superbowl Ring



Gary Lawrence Brackett (born May 23, 1980 in Glassboro, New Jersey) is an American football linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Rutgers.

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.

Gary Brackett as a kid vfw baseball card
Gary Brackett Indainapolis Colts

From Walk-on
to Captain

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 capatain 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.

Brackett was a walk-on to the Rutgers University football team. By his senior year, he was captain of the defensive team and won the team’s defensive MVP honors.


Gary Brackett—A.K.A. “Your Championship Coach”— is an American business coach and the founder of Champions’ Academy.

Former Super Bowl Champion, Gary Brackett, pursues his professional ventures with the same passion and voracity as he did his 9 year career in the NFL.  His unshakable confidence, unmatched work ethic, and unwavering commitment to constant growth and learning has served him well in his seamless transition from football to business.  An accomplished entrepreneur in his post-football life, Gary is a two-time author (WINNING (2011) and GRIT (2021), podcast host, corporate trainer, and success coach; but his greatest passion (outside of being a pro dad to his three beautiful children) is helping people thrive – not only in business, but in life.   

Gary brings the same energy to his speaking engagements and coaching clients that he did to the field—inspiring, motivating, and empowering audiences and clients alike to find the best within themselves, apply championship strategies to leverage success, and to realize their goals and enjoy a life of fulfillment and happiness in all areas of their lives. 

is in YOU!

Gary Brackett Foundation


In addition to his experience in for-profit businesses, Gary has extensive experience in the non-profit world.  Not only has he served on numerous boards in his community, he founded Gary Brackett’s Impact Foundation in 2007, which helps low income, chronically and critically ill children, and at-risk youth gain resources through various programs. Since it’s creation, more than 200,000 families have been impacted in big meaningful ways.


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