Challenges are always going to be present. I’m always on guard. I always know that at any potential moment something bad can occur. That’s why I’m always diligent in everything I do. – Former Colts linebacker Gary Brackett on overcoming adversity in his post-playing days
Former Colts linebacker Gary Brackett has had a tumultuous time since his NFL career ended in 2011, most recently filing for bankruptcy with the closing of all his Stacked Pickle restaurant locations due to the coronavirus pandemic and putting his Super Bowl XLI championship ring up for auction. Despite some struggles, Brackett remains as positive as ever that brighter days are on the horizon.
On Tuesday’s edition of Kevin & Query, Brackett joined the show to discuss his involvement with the NFL Alumni Association and their partnership with the CDC in a COVID-19 vaccination and education campaign but the conversation turned to the current state of the Colts, his former teammates Cato June and Reggie Wayne landing on the coaching staff, his relationship with Jim Irsay and where he is at personally as he continues to climb out of the financial hole the pandemic put him in.
The whole “Gary Brackett is selling his Super Bowl ring” story was very misleading because it made it seem like I was on a street corner doing extremely bad. – Gary Brackett on the truth behind auctioning off his Super Bowl ring
Brackett was impressed with the Colts off-season moves but he believes the biggest moves outside of acquiring quarterback Matt Ryan, was the additions of former teammates Reggie Wayne and Cato June to Frank Reich’s coaching staff.
When they tell players “I know what you’re going through, I’ve been there”, they’ve actually been there. They are great coaches and great men. Not only will they help the on the football field to be phenomenal football players, but help them off the field to be great community guys and great leaders – Gary Brackett on former teammates Reggie Wayne and Cato June being added to Frank Reich’s coaching staff
For the full interview, including his relationship with owner Jim Irsay and Irsay’s efforts to get Brackett’s Super Bowl ring back, you can click the link below. We also talked with former Colts lineman Joe Reitz about the team’s off-season additions and why he thinks the Matt Ryan acquisition is a home run. That interview is also linked below and be sure to listen to Kevin & Query every weekday morning from 7-10 on 93.5 & 107.5 The Fan!