Gil Brandt

Gil Brandt
Position: Vice President of player personnel
Personal information
Date of birth: (1933-03-04) March 4, 1933
Place of birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Career information
High school: North Division (WI)
College: Wisconsin
Career history
As executive:
Career highlights and awards

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

Early years

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. He 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]

Professional career

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 was fired after the 1989 NFL draft, the same year that Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys.

Personal life

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 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 Sirius NFL Radio Network as a commentator on "Late Hits", "The Red Zone", and the Sirius NFL Tailgate Show.

On April 9, 2015, he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.


  1. "Brandt has left brand". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. "Finding Giants: NFL scout's life not for the pampered". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. "Cowboys believe in analytics, but instincts as well". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. "Cowboys Have MU's Green thinking football". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. "Austrian Kicker Off To Big Start With Dallas 11". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. "NFL teams put potential stars to the test with exam". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  7. "There Are No Holes At The Top". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. "Gil Brandt Amazing Memory". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
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