How Gary Brackett Went From Super Bowl Champion to Restaurant Entrepreneur and Franchisor

Gary Lawrence Brackett rose to national fame when he was picked up as a free agent for the Indianapolis Colts in 2003. Since joining the Colts, Brackett went on to play for nine seasons. During his tenure, he was most noted for winning Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears. During this season, he was named defensive captain of the Colts and had over 120 tackles. Throughout his career, he was twice named AFC Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

Most football players come to the end of their career asking, “what next?” This was not the case for Brackett, as he always thought about his post-NFL aspirations — even when he first entered the league. He took advantage of executive education and internships provided by the NFL, which provided a foundation for him to take advantage of after his career in football.

A large part of this mindset came while obtaining his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, where he developed a business skill set that he knew would be of value during the next phase of his career. After retirement from the NFL, Brackett went back to school, earning his Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University and ventured into restaurant management, in the city of Indianapolis.

Brackett is now the owner of The Stacked Pickle Restaurant franchise, and launched Brackett Restaurant Group. The Stacked Pickle has become Indianapolis’ favorite neighborhood restaurant and sports bar – as they proudly serve fresh and affordable food with legendary customer service. The Stacked Pickle’s full bar offers over 15 draft flavors and daily drink specials. This has become the go-to spot for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late-night bites. Throughout Indiana, The Stacked Pickle currently has locations in Carmel, Fishers, West Carmel, Westfield, Indianapolis, Greenwood, Southport and West Lafayette.

Backed by his team of experienced restaurant operators, Brackett has expanded the restaurant into a nine-unit chain with each location thoughtfully placed in and around the Indianapolis market – and he is looking for aspiring franchisees to expand the operation on a national level.

Aspiring franchisees/entrepreneurs will get the chance to take part in the following advantages if they join the Stacked Pickle team:

(1) Training – franchisees will be provided with ongoing support and training before and after launching their own Stacked Pickle.

(2) Site selection – our team provides assistance with site selection, lease negotiation, and construction to ensure efficient opening.

(3) Marketing programs – franchisees can grow their business in any particular location through the company’s overall branding and marketing strategy.  Other advantages include: access to training manuals and programs, access to sales, marketing, and administrative materials, existing customer and supplier relationships, technical support, and exclusive territories.

The owner/operator for a Stacked Pickle franchise must be personable and have some experience in leadership and management. A franchisee must be a “people person” who is outgoing and can communicate effectively with the customer base to establish credibility and trust within their community. Other qualifications would include high personal standards, effective communication skills, willingness to operate with complete integrity and within the core values of the company.

Aspiring franchisees can get more information at

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