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Longtime Cowboys Architect Gil Brandt Named Hall of Fame Finalist

When you worked hand in hand with and Tex Schramm to build one of the most iconic sports franchises in , you deserve a spot in the . That's why , the ' top personnel man for almost thirty years, was named a finalist this week.

Brandt led the department for Dallas from 1960-1989, joining the team when it was first formed. Almost every player the Cowboys have had was drafted during Brandt's tenure, which even included later guys like , , and Daryl “Moose” Johnston.

With Landry and Schramm already in the Hall, it's appropriate for Brandt to join them. They were the brain trust of “” and helped lay the foundation for the Dallas Cowboys, who remain the most valuable franchise in all of sports even to this day.

However, the process if far from over for Gil to get his rightful place in Canton. The Selection Committee will continue to deliberate and make their final decisions next February.

Last year, was inducted into the Hall as a contributor. Former Paul Tagliabue was also a finalist, but only Jones was ultimately selected.

Brandt faces tough competition with Pat Bowlen as the other finalist. During his time with Denver, the Broncos have won three Super Bowls and had four other trips as AFC Champions. They have consistently been one of the NFL's most competitive teams over the last several decades.

Even if Gil Brandt doesn't make it in 2019, hopefully his day will come shortly after. He had as much a hand in the Cowboys' early success as anyone, and his ongoing contributions to the NFL as a writer and draft analyst have only added to our football enjoyment.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Talent is more equalized now than in the old NFL. The Cowboys consistently had one of the top teams for 20 years because of Brandt. I’m sure he’ll make it in the HOF.


And now to go off topic with this Rico update;

In which he splits wide for the alley oop, which Mike White throws perfectly. 6’0″ corners can’t cover this. If the Cowboys are stupid enough to invest 2 years then cut Gathers, somebody will get him off waivers immediately.


Actually the passer could be #7 Cooper Rush. Hoping here that Gathers gets a lot of reps Sunday – time for him to learn the rest of the TE job by being out there.


The Late Great Gil Brandt

– Deion

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