PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Rutgers football standout Gary Brackett, currently a member of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, was inducted into the South Jersey Football Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame at the SJFCA’s annual banquet last night.
Brackett , who graduated from Rutgers in 2003, originally earned a berth on the Rutgers football team as a walk-on in 1999 and rose to become one of the top players on the squad. Following his sophomore season, he was recipient of the 12th Man Award as the Scarlet Knights’ top special teams players. Brackett went on to become the Scarlet Knights’ MVP in both his junior (2001) and senior (2002) years.
As a senior in 2002, Brackett was Rutgers’ leading tackler with 130 stops, and was the second leading tackler in the BIG EAST. Elected captain of the Scarlet Knights in both the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Brackett finished his Rutgers career with 274 tackles.
Brackett signed a free agent contract with the Colts in 2003, and has been a solid contributor for the Indianapolis defense since making the team. In 2003, he played in all 16 games and had contributed 41 tackles. Last season, Brackett notched 45 tackles, and also intercepted two passes.
The 5-11, 235-pound Brackett is a graduate of Glassboro High School, and was an All-State and All-South Jersey selection following his senior season.