Defensive Captain Gary Brackett made the Indianapolis Colts roster as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He was considered too small for the NFL but proved his critics wrong by leading the team in tackles and becoming a full time starter in 2005.
Brackett was a walk-on at Rutgers and was and was named team captain there as well. He has had to face plenty of tragedy and adversity in his career.
Brackett lost his Mother, Father and Brother in a 16 month span starting at the end of the 2003 year. He donated his bone marrow in an attempt to save his brother before the start of the 2005 season.
I’d love to have the opportunity to interview Gary and see what the tackling machine has to say. Here is what I would ask him:
Was there ever a doubt in your mind that you would become a starter in the NFL?
At what point did you realize that you had made it in the NFL and what kind of feeling was it?
You have faced a lot of adversity and tragedies in your life, what can you tell others about surviving tragedy?
Are you a stronger player after facing those tragic events?
What advice do you have for this year’s undrafted free agents?
What did it mean to you to be named defensive captain?
What is the worst thing about being an NFL player?
You sat out the end of the season and the playoffs with injuries, what roll did you play with the defense during this time?
Can you describe the atmosphere around the team under new head coach Jim Caldwell and new defensive coordinator Larry Coyer?
Can you tell us a story about coach Dungy that we haven't heard?
What will you miss the most about coach Dungy?
What will you miss the least about him?
What are your proudest accomplishments off the field?
What are your proudest accomplishments on the field?
Can you describe what is like to win a Super Bowl?
Who is the hardest NFL player to tackle?
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
What kind of person do you want to be remembered as?
What kind of player do you want to be remembered as?
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