Team Frugal: Gary Brackett

Being frugal is about more than being stingy with your money. It means being prudent, smart and economical with your finances and career decisions. Every Tuesday, we share profiles of athletes that exemplify what it means to be A Frugal Athlete.

Gary Brackett is a perfect example of what it means to be a frugal athlete. Gary Brackett was a long time NFL veteran and superbowl champion for the Indianapolis Colts. Upon retiring he quickly set his sights on building a legacy for himself and his family. He pursued an MBA and became a franchisor of Stacked Pickle, a sandwich restaurant in Indiana for whom he was already a partner with. 

Gary Brackett understands what it means to prepare for the inevitable and living life to the fullest. Brackett attended Rutgers University where he was a walk on for the football team and didn't receive a scholarship until his junior year. When he eventually went to the professional ranks, he had to overcome the obstacle of going undrafted. Gary Brackett had to deal with the personal hardships of losing both his parents and brother within two years but he credits them as big factors to why he lives the way he does.

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Throughout Brackett's career he was active in taking advantage of the NFL's executive program. By consistently learning and taking advantage of his resources, Brackett was able to leverage upon his brand. After he retired and received his MBA he immediately found a market where he felt he could take his business acumen and not only help the business but himself as well. Brackett was able to become a franchisor for Stacked Pickle and he's continued to grow  on his first store and build out based on all the things he has learned from life, football, and networking throughout his career. 

Brackett is a great example of an athlete who used the adversity thrown at him to build something for himself. His fortitude in working hard and continuing to learn gave him the opportunity to provide for his family long after his playing career was over.