"Never sell yourself short." - Gary Brackett
Gary Brackett, Super Bowl-winning NFL linebacker, founder, and entrepreneur joins The Brink of Midnight Podcast with John Brenkus.
Most people know Gary Brackett as being an absolute force on the football field. As one of the smaller, lighter linebackers in NFL history, Gary's game was different. He rose to every occasion by being elusive, forcing mistakes, getting to the football...and it helped him become second in the ACC in tackles as well as help the Indianapolis Colts win a Super Bowl.
There is much of Gary's story and the challenges he faced, however, that people don't know, and that is where we really dive in during this conversation. Gary walked on to the Rutgers University football team, and only after not being able to afford tuition anymore did they offer him a scholarship. Never to take an opportunity for granted, he rose to become captain and MVP of the defensive team. The next hurdle came when he went un-drafted. The Colts eventually gave him shot. The next series of crushing news came in the span of 18 months when he lost his father, mother, and brother. Circumstances that could have destroyed anyone helped Gary turn extreme loss at the young age of 23 into the foundation of his strength and resilience. He developed the idea that "how you honor the dead is how you live your life." Football became his sanctuary. Playing the game helped him express how he intended to live and honor his family.
Gary asks us all to consider what bargain we want to make with life and powerfully suggests we all write our obituaries so we are in touch with the legacy we want to leave behind. Everything Gary does is about legacy, from football to how he currently gives back to his community through mentoring, jobs, and professional development.
Get ready to think big and learn from the living legend that is Gary Brackett!
GARY'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"I believe that football is really played from the neck up."
"It's not an advantage unless you take advantage of it."
"I took what I had and I used it."
"Never sell yourself short."
"I'm not going to apologize for my success because I know how hard I worked to get it."
"How you honor the dead is how you live your life."
"Failing is OK."
GARY'S PROJECTS + CHARITABLE WORK
Gary's Podcast: Success Leaves Clues Podcast
Restaurant Group - Stacked Pickle Franchising
Gary Brackett Impact Foundation (Indiana) makes a positive and lasting impact in the lives of underserved and chronically ill youth and their families.
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