Gil Brandt

Contributors

Gil Brandt

29 Seasons
20 Winning Seasons
5 Super Bowl Appearances
+ Add to Favorites

29

Seasons

20

Winning Seasons

5

Super Bowl Appearances
View full stats

“The first thing we had to do was understand what a football player was made of. We’d look at things like strength, explosion, competitiveness, agility and balance. Then…We had to put a value on what we were looking for.”

Read Gil Brandt's Bio

(Wisconsin)...Highly-regarded personnel administrator during his 29-year career with the Dallas Cowboys ... Helped Dallas grow into one of the most powerful and popular sports franchises in America ... Oversaw the drafting of eight Cowboys’ players who are now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame … Brandt was first one to use computers for scouting and talent evaluations ... first one to use psychological tests to evaluate mental makeup under pressure ... led to building the NFL Scouting Combine to streamline the evaluation process ... Born March 4, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

BIO

Gil Brandt Dallas Cowboys & National Football League

“The first thing we had to do was understand what a football player was made of. We’d look at things like strength, explosion, competitiveness, agility and balance. Then…We had to put a value on what we were looking for.”

Gil Brandt was a highly-regarded personnel administrator during his 29-year career with the Dallas Cowboys (1960-1988). Brandt, the vice president of player personnel for the Cowboys, helped Dallas grow into one of the most powerful and popular sports franchises in America. His innovative management and personnel systems are standard operating procedure today.

It was Brandt’s eye for talent and the scouting systems he put in place that helped transform the Cowboys from an expansion team in 1960 into “America’s Team” just seven seasons later. The Cowboys put together 20 consecutive winning seasons (1966-1985), appeared in five Super Bowls including victories in two (Super Bowls VI and XII) during his tenure.

Brandt oversaw the drafting of eight Cowboys’ players who are now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame beginning with Dallas’s first ever pick in 1960, defensive tackle Bob Lilly, and culminating with his final first-round pick in 1989, quarterback Troy Aikman. That list also includes a pair of seventh-round selections in tackle Rayfield Wright and receiver Bob Hayes and a 10th round draft choice in quarterback Roger Staubach.

Brandt was the first one to use computers for scouting and talent evaluations, the first one to use psychological tests to evaluate the mental makeup under pressure. It was the way he and the Cowboys graded college prospects that led to building the NFL Scouting Combine to streamline the evaluation process. The event has now grown into a three-day production ahead of the annual NFL Draft.

He began working for NFL.com as a historian and player analyst since the site’s inception in 1995. Brandt is also regarded as a draft expert and provides his insight through columns on NFL.com and appearances on radio shows nationwide each week during the season.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Gil Brandt's Championship Games

Championship Teams

1966 Dallas Cowboys (NFL Eastern Conference champions)

1967 Dallas Cowboys (NFL Capitol Division, Eastern Conference champions)

1968 Dallas Cowboys (NFL Capitol Division champions)

1969 Dallas Cowboys (NFL Capitol Division champions)

1970 Dallas Cowboys (NFC Eastern Division, NFC champions)

1971 Dallas Cowboys (NFC Eastern Division, NFC, Super Bowl VI champions)

1973 Dallas Cowboys (NFC Eastern Division champions)

1975 Dallas Cowboys (NFC champions)

1976 Dallas Cowboys (NFC Eastern Division champions)

1977 Dallas Cowboys (NFC Eastern Division, NFC, Super Bowl XII champions)

1978 Dallas Cowboys (NFC Eastern Division, NFC champions)

1979 Dallas Cowboys (NFC Eastern Division, NFC champions)

1981 Dallas Cowboys (NFC Eastern Division champions)

1985 Dallas Cowboys (NFC Eastern Division champions)



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Gil Brandt's Career Highlights

Year-by-Year Team Records

1960     Dallas Cowboys................. 0-11-1   (7th)

1961     Dallas Cowboys.................. 4-9-1   (6th)

1962     Dallas Cowboys.................. 5-8-1   (5th)

1963     Dallas Cowboys................. 4-10-0   (5th)

1964     Dallas Cowboys.................. 5-8-1   (5th)

1965     Dallas Cowboys.................. 7-7-0   (2nd)

1966     Dallas Cowboys............... 10-3-1   (1st)

1967     Dallas Cowboys................. 9-5-0   (1st)

1968     Dallas Cowboys............... 12-2-0   (1st)

1969     Dallas Cowboys............... 11-2-1   (1st)

1970     Dallas Cowboys............... 10-4-0   (1st)

1971     Dallas Cowboys............... 11-3-0   (1st)

1972     Dallas Cowboys............... 10-4-0   (2nd)

1973     Dallas Cowboys............... 10-4-0   (1st)

1974     Dallas Cowboys.................. 8-6-0   (3rd)

1975     Dallas Cowboys............... 10-4-0   (2nd)

1976     Dallas Cowboys............... 11-3-0   (1st)

1977     Dallas Cowboys............... 12-2-0   (1st)

1978     Dallas Cowboys............... 12-4-0   (1st)

1979     Dallas Cowboys............... 11-5-0   (1st)

1980     Dallas Cowboys............... 12-4-0   (2nd)

1981     Dallas Cowboys............... 12-4-0   (1st)

1982     Dallas Cowboys................. 6-3-0   (2nd*)

1983     Dallas Cowboys............... 12-4-0   (2nd)

1984     Dallas Cowboys.................. 9-7-0   (4th)

1985     Dallas Cowboys............... 10-6-0   (1st)

1986     Dallas Cowboys.................. 7-9-0   (3rd)

1987     Dallas Cowboys.................. 7-8-0   (2nd)

1988     Dallas Cowboys................. 3-13-0   (5th)

* NFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season.

 (Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

CAREER CAPSULE

Gil Brandt's Career Capsule

Full Name: Gil Brandt

Birthdate: March 4, 1933

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

High School: North Division High School



ENSHRINEMENT SPEECH

Gil Brandt Enshrinement Headquarters

HOFE19_Enshrinement_Program_push_600x314

Hall of Fame Experiences’ Official Ticket Packages provide fans with VIP experiences, premium seating, and parties with Pro Football Hall of Famers.

2019 Official Enshrinement Ticket Packages are on sale now!