The Massachusetts Pirates have come to terms with quarterback Sean Brackett for the 2020 season. In each of his first two years with the Pirates, Brackett has been recognized as one of the top players in the National Arena League. In 2018 he was the league’s Most Valuable Player and last season he was an All-NAL Second Team selection.
In 2019 Brackett led the league in plays (436), pass attempts (396) and completions (244). Brackett also led the NAL with 12 rushing touchdowns. He was also second in six categories including 2,657 offensive yards, 2,523 passing yards, 57 touchdown passes, 69 total offensive touchdowns, a 61.6 completion percentage and a 105.5 pass efficiency rating.
“I’m excited. Hopefully in year three we can put it all together and get the job done. I have nothing but good things to say about the organization, the fan base is awesome and it’s a great fit. I’m excited to be back,“ Brackett said.
Jawad Yatim, Pirates President and General Manager knows what Brackett means to the organization.
"Sean has been a consistent presence for us under center since we brought him in 2018. He's a great kid and understands what we expect of that position here in Massachusetts. He's a vet and leader for us on and off the field, and we expect nothing less from him this season. I truly believe we have the best quarterback group in arena football, with Sean and Alejandro (Bennifield). I'll go to battle with either one of those guys and feel great about our chances of getting a win. I’m looking forward to taking the next step with both of them, and certainly glad to have Breezy back on board," he said.
The 6-1, 200 lb. QB from Brooklyn, CT, burst on to the scene in 2018, winning the MVP award while leading the league in four offensive categories, guiding the team to a regular season first place finish with an 11-5 record.
That season Brackett completed 259 of 419 passes (61.8 %) for 3,170 yards, 74 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He also ran 25 times for 111 yards and scored four touchdowns. He had a pair of two point conversions, including one that sealed an overtime win over the Maine Mammoths.
Despite missing almost three games due to a Canadian Football League tryout and a season ending leg injury, Brackett, was a second team All-NAL offensive selection that season and led the league in total offense with 234.4 yards per game, 7.4 yards per play, 226.4 passing yards per game and 7.6 yards per passing attempt.
Now in his third season, Brackett is the most accomplished signal caller in the NAL, but he does not give himself time to think about his career.
“All the stats, all the accomplishments, all that stuff are great but we still haven’t won the ring so I feel like Peyton Manning, I have the MVP but haven’t gotten the championship yet. He was able to get a couple at the end of his career and I’m hoping to do the same,” Brackett said.
For Brackett, football is a way of life.
“I just love the game. Football has done a lot for me and my family. It’s something that I was born into. My dad played and my uncle was a high school coach for many years. From paying my bills to traveling around the world and the country, I feel like it owe it to the game to see how much I can get out of it. Personally I don’t feel I’ve reached my potential yet and that’s something that I strive for every single year in the offseason to see how far I can take this game and how far this game can take me. It’s never going to be perfect and I think that is what’s so awesome about the game of football. You can have a perfect game and still lose or you can have an awesome season and still not reach all of your goals. It’s the best game in the world and I’m blessed to play it. This is going to be year six as a pro. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be here talking to you saying that I was going to be a six year pro. It’s a blessing to play this game for so long and for all it’s done for me and my family I feel like I have to reciprocate that,” he said.
A former Ivy Leaguer at Columbia, Brackett was a four year starter and an All-Ivy first team selection in 2010. After college Brackett had stops in the Arena Football League with Las Vegas, Jacksonville and Washington and he played a six game season in China with the Qingdao Clipper.
With any franchise, it takes time to get use to new personnel. At this time only wide out Thomas Owens, the NAL Offensive Rookie of the Year is returning and the league’s top scorer, Mardy Gilyard, continues to recover from a serious leg injury suffered in last years’ playoff game in Carolina. Brackett say’s working with many new faces is challenging, but not impossible.
“It’s difficult. It’s all about communication, it’s all about coaching, and it’s all about how much time we put in together as an offensive unit and how quick we jell as a team. I think the biggest thing is just the professionalism that Reggie (Offensive Coordinator Reggie Gray) will bring in as a coach. Coach Pass (Head Coach Patrick Pass) will obviously bring the whole team together and will bring another level of professionalism to the entire organization. So I’m excited to have that professional aspect with the team. These guys may be “arena rookies” but they know how to play football at a high level and I think when you have these guys from major programs and from the NFL, they know what it takes to be successful at the highest level. Mardy (Gilyard) while he’s rehabbing and T.O. (Thomas Owens) will be a guys to lean on because they were going through the same thing last year. It will take some time but we’ll hit the ground running and we’ll be ready to put on a show for the fans in the first week,” he said.
One thing that will help is that Brackett and Gray have communicated before as they were teammates in the Arena Football League in Jacksonville and in China as they both played for the Qingdao Clipper in the China Arena Football League.
“I’m excited to work with him. He has a great wealth of knowledge in the arena game, so I’m excited for him to get with our receivers and bring his knowledge to them,” Brackett said.
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