Early Influence: Gary Brackett

Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”

Gary Brackett, Colts linebacker

“I would say coach Herb Neilio who was our defensive coordinator at Glassboro [New Jersey] High School. One of the things he always reminded me is, never settle for being good when you’ve got the ability to be great. Never just rest on your laurels. You had a good game? Never just rest on that. You can always do better. There is always something you can improve on. So focus on those things, not so much on what you do well.

“He’s the head coach now. We always do a free football camp every year, he always sets it up for me. We emphasize the things we talked about, the same things he preaches now, the same type of program we had when I was in school.

“I think he knows what he’s meant to me, we’ve communicated it. I played at a young age on the varsity level because he saw something in me.”