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Fun Facts About Gary
Things I can’t live without: Cell Phone, Family, Sports
My favorite piece of advice: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard
Describe yourself in one word: Charged
One thing you would like to check off your bucket list? Paris
Things I love: Family, Food, Sports, Bourbon, Coaching
Prior to founding the Brackett Restaurant Group and Gary Brackett’s Impact Foundation, Gary Lawrence Brackett played linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Born and raised in Glassboro, New Jersey, Brackett is a small-town boy at heart. He attended Glassboro High School where he was a two-time All-South Jersey selection; a two-time All-Group I; and a two-time All-Tri-County Conference choice.
A walk-on to the Rutgers University football team, he earned a full scholarship during his second year and never looked back. By the time he left, he’d serve as Defensive Captain, led the team in tackles and earned MVP and Big East all-conference honors. After a stellar senior year, however, Gary went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft. Not to be refused, however, Gary earned his way onto the Indianapolis Colts’ roster as a free agent.
During his time with the Colts, 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 the 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.
Once he retired from the Colts in 2010, Brackett engaged in sports commentating, something he still enjoys today, but soon turned his focus to entrepreneurship. In 2014, Gary graduated from the Accelerated Executive MBA program at George Washington University. Afterwards, he decided to focus on the restaurant space and establish his own company. Gary currently acts as President/CEO of Brackett Restaurant Group which boasts brands such as Indy’s #1 Neighborhood Sports Bar, the Stacked Pickle. The company boasts 10 locations & has won numerous awards for its excellence in service & delectable dishes. Brackett Restaurant Group owns several other casual dining brands as well as a full-service catering company.
For his service to the community, Brackett has been presented with numerous awards. In 2009, he was presented with the Arthur S.Arkush Humanitarian Award. Every year, this award is bestowed upon an NFL player “whose contributions to the community and charitable organizations are especially outstanding.” For his success as the owner of Brackett Restaurant Group, he was awarded the Madame CJ Walker Legacy Award in 2015 and was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2016 Class of 40 Under 40. In 2018, Gary was awarded the Senator Carolyn E. Mosby “Above & Beyond” Award by the Indiana Black Expo. Most recently, Gary was awarded the National Urban League Young Professionals award for his business success and civic engagement. He has been featured in Entrepreneur, the Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Business Journal, and many other publications.
He Lives in Carmel, IN with his wife Dr. Ragan Brackett, and his three children Gabrielle, Gary Jr, and Georgia