Brackett, Morrison share toughest venues


Gary Brackett has played eight NFL seasons. So the Colts middle linebacker and defensive captain has played in a lot of stadiums and has a feel for the reputation of the league’s venues.

As we prepared to unveil our Power Rankings on the NFL's toughest venues, I reached out to Brackett (@GaryBrackett58) to ask whether he'd share his list. He asked whether he could include Lucas Oil Stadium and I said sure, so long as he was fair about it.

Jaguars middle linebacker/free agent-to-be Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison55) also agreed to get in on the action.

Morrison has six years of NFL service.

Big thanks to both for sharing their lists, which you can compare to mine and the overall results of our Power Rankings poll in this chart pieced together by blog editors extraordinaire Brett Longdin and Jon Hudec.

Brackett’s AFC-heavy list looks to have a strong correlation at the top between a building and its inhabitant. The Colts regularly fight with the Steelers, Patriots and Chargers for playoff seeding. He indicated Denver's elevation and Miami's heat were big factors in his placement of the Broncos' and Dolphins' stadiums.

Morrison played his first five seasons with the Raiders and leaned hard on the AFC West. He factored in the baseball dirt in Oakland and Miami as part of his votes for Oakland Coliseum and Sun Life Stadium. He cited Denver's altitude, as Brackett did, and gave Seattle’s Qwest Field a nod for the noise of its 12th man.