Originally written on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 3/16/12
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The Colts have purged their roster of some of the all time greats, with more farewells in the works. This is the first of a recurring series saying farewell to Colts greats. Portions of this essay originally appeared in Blue Blue: Tales of Glory of the Indianapolis Colts. Gary Brackett’s story is as inspirational as it is incredible. An undrafted free agent out of Rutgers University, Brackett made the Colts roster and stuck despite enduring the death of both parents within a 16 month stretch. Brackett triumphed over the pain and adversity in his life to become the Colts starting middle linebacker and team captain. A great leader and one of the finest citizens to play in Indianapolis,32 Brackett also showed a penchant for making big plays. His biggest moment was forcing a Jerome Bettis fumble in the 2005 playoffs. Brackett was the only Colts’ linebacker in the ‘00s to gain a second contract with the club as a starter. As the middle linebacker, his responsibilities included cove...
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