Linebacker’s faith pulls him through tough spot
Colts linebacker Gary Brackett leans on his faith in tough times.
February 1st, 2012
11:00 AM ET

Linebacker’s faith pulls him through tough spot

By Ericka Sanders, Indianapolis Recorder

Indianapolis (Indianapolis Recorder)–Gary Brackett's life reads like a movie.
He was a walk on at Rutgers University; yet by his senior year he was named defensive captain and won the team's defensive MVP honors.

The linebacker went undrafted in 2003, but was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent. What should have been the beginning of the happiest times in his life was the beginning of the most tragic.

During a 17-month span, Brackett lost his mother, father and brother. In October 2003, his father, Granville died of a heart attack. Three months later, his mother Sandra went into the hospital for a routine hysterectomy and suffered a stroke in the recovery room. Brackett made the decision to take her off life support. Not long after, his brother Greg was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. Despite a bone marrow transplant from Brackett, Greg died a few months later.
What got him through? His faith in God.

"My mother was an ordained reverend and always told us about the importance of faith and being a faithful believer and (the power) of prayer," he told the Recorder. "When I'm dealing with tragedies or injuries, I give it to God. I believe that what is for me is for me."

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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. The Phist

    Holy balls. A football player that loves jesus. Never thought I'd see the day. What a fuquing miracle.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Magic wish fulfilling unicorns change everything.

    February 2, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    A good man prays
    A great man acts on prayer
    Prayer changes thimgs

    February 2, 2012 at 6:47 am |
    • Nope

      ~The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  4. HotAirAce

    I shocked! I expected to see a post from George saying that this family's misery was a result of the mother being ordained.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:18 am |
  5. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer causes small kids to get hit by buses when they aren't paying attention.
    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you crave the smell of kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.</b

    February 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
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