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 2007.IMPACT FOUNDATION
After leaving the field, Gary went on to receive his MBA from George Washington University in the accelerated Executive Leadership program. He was an economics major at Rutgers and always had his eye on entrepreneurship. Soon after he graduated, he decided to explore the restaurant world.
Gary is the proud owner of The Brackett Restaurant Group (BRG), which features notable brands like the Stacked Pickle, voted Indy’s #1 Neighborhood & Sports Bar by multiple publications & currently expanding its franchise ranks. other supporting restaurant brands in Indiana.
Gary has also been speaking consistently for the past 10 years, delivering various keynotes on leadership, personal development, and entrepreneurship to notable groups such as the NFL Player's Association, Humana, True U, The Indianapolis Colts and many others.
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.
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.