Gil Brandt

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Gil Brandt
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Date of birth (1933-03-04) March 4, 1933 (age 82)
Place of birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Career information
Position(s) Vice President of player personnel
College Wisconsin
High school North Division
Career history
As player
1960-1988 Dallas Cowboys
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (VI, XII)
  • NFC Champion (1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978)
  • 13x Division championships
  • 20x Straight winning seasons (1966–1985)

Gil Brandt (born March 4, 1933) was a Vice President of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1988.

Early years[edit]

A native of Milwaukee, he attended North Division High School where he practiced football as a two-way player, playing halfback on offense and defensive back on defense. He also lettered in basketball and track.

He enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, but left after two years. He worked as a photographer that specialized in new-born babies and was also employed as a part-time scout for the Los Angeles Rams based on a recommendation by Elroy Hirsch.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Brandt 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, such as:

Brandt left the Cowboys after new owner Jerry Jones bought the team. After a few years out of football, he returned as a print analyst and draft expert. [8] He currently contributes to as a senior analyst. He is their main personnel guru, offering insight and commentary on all aspects of players and teams. Brandt is also a major contributor in selecting the Playboy All-American Football Team along with sports editor Gary Cole. Brandt has also been responsible for inviting collegiate players to the NFL Draft every year. He is a regular on Sirius NFL Radio Network as a commentator on "Late Hits", "The Red Zone", and the SIRIUS NFL Tailgate Show. [1] [2]


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