The Cowboys will induct longtime vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt into their Ring of Honor during tonight’s Thursday Night Football game.
Brandt, who played an instrumental role in building the Cowboys’ organization in his tenure from 1960 to 1988, joins former coach Tom Landry and former general manager Tex Schram as the only non-players in the Ring of Honor. Brandt is highly regarded as both a scout of talent and an innovator in NFL team operations.
He played a role in scouting and/or signing 15 of the 19 players currently in the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.
“We’ve often said that the Ring of Honor represents the men who are cornerstones of this franchise, the men who built this organization,” Dallas owner Jerry Jones said upon announcing Brandt’s entry into the unique Cowboys tradition. “Today we’re inducting a man in the Ring of Honor who has been responsible for those cornerstones that I just alluded to.”
Brandt is also a current nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor to the game.
However that vote comes out, it’s clear Brandt is excited about going into the Ring of Honor.
“I hope my heart and legs will be strong enough to survive that moment,” Brandt said during the press conference announcing his induction into the Ring of Honor earlier this month at The Star in Frisco, Texas. “To see my name up there with guys like Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Drew Pearson, Lee Roy Jordan – these all-time greats not only with the Cowboys franchise but in the history of our great game – it overwhelms me.”
Brandt’s name will be unveiled in the Ring of Honor during a ceremony at halftime of tonight’s Cowboys-Saints game.