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Gil Brandt (born March 4, 1933) is a former Vice President of player personnel in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1988. He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin.

Gil Brandt
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Personal information
Born: (1933-03-04) March 4, 1933 (age 86)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Career information
High school:North Division (WI)
Career history
As executive:
Career highlights and awards


Early yearsEdit

A native of Milwaukee, he attended North Division High School where he was a 150-pound starting defensive back. He also lettered in basketball and track.

He enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, but left after two years.

Professional careerEdit

Brandt worked as a photographer that specialized in new-born babies and was employed as a part-time scout for the Los Angeles Rams based on a recommendation by Elroy Hirsch.[1] In 1958, he was hired as a full-time scout by the San Francisco 49ers.

He served as the Dallas Cowboys' chief talent scout since the club's birth in 1960. He had served as a part-time scout for the Los Angeles Rams under General Manager Tex Schramm in the 1950s. When Schramm took command of the newly formed Dallas franchise in 1960, Brandt was one of the first people he hired. Schramm, Brandt and Coach Tom Landry formed the triumvirate which guided the Cowboys for their first 29 years.

He helped pioneer many of the scouting techniques used by NFL clubs today,[2] such as:

He also made a reputation of acquiring high draft choices by making impactful trades, which were used to select players like Randy White, Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Tony Dorsett.[9]

Brandt's dismissal from the Cowboys on May 2, 1989 completed a purge that began with Jerry Jones' purchase of the franchise just over nine weeks prior on February 25 and also resulted in Landry's ouster and Schramm's resignation.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

After a few years out of football, he returned as a print analyst and draft expert.[11] He currently contributes to as a senior analyst and is a major contributor in selecting the Playboy All-American football team. Brandt has also been responsible for inviting collegiate players to the NFL Draft every year. He is a regular on SiriusXM NFL Radio as a commentator on "Late Hits", "The Endzone", and the "SiriusXM NFL Tailgate Show".

He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on April 9, 2015.[12]

He was announced as the 22nd member of the Cowboys' Ring of Honor on November 2, 2018[13].

On February 2, 2019, it was announced at the annual NFL Honors Awards that Brandt was elected to the Hall Of Fame.[14]


  1. ^ "Brandt has left brand". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "There Are No Holes at the Top". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Finding Giants: NFL scout's life not for the pampered". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Cowboys believe in analytics, but instincts as well". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Cowboys Have MU's Green thinking football". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Austrian Kicker Off To Big Start With Dallas 11". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "NFL teams put potential stars to the test with exam". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "NFL team put potential stars to the test with exam". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Not easy to trade a veteran". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Brandt Latest to Be Fired in Purge of Cowboys," Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, May 3, 1989. Retrieved August 22, 2018
  11. ^ "Gil Brandt Amazing Memory". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  12. ^ "Former Cowboys honored in Texas Sports Hall of Fame," FOX Sports Southwest, Friday, April 10, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2018
  13. ^ Eatman, Nick. "Cowboys Adding Gil Brandt to the Ring of Honor". Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  14. ^

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