FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys might have their eyes firmly set on the future, but they never forget their past.
One of the key members that helped the organization become America's Team is now getting the ultimate team honor.
The Cowboys have announced that Gil Brandt will be the newest member of the Ring of Honor at AT&T Stadium. Jerry Jones made the announcement in a Friday press conference at the Star, stating Brandt will be honored at halftime of the Nov. 29 game against the Saints.
Brandt was the Cowboys' vice president of player personnel from 1960-89 and played a vital role in acquiring many of the great players that helped this franchise become the most popular team in all of sports. Brandt is also widely considered an innovator of pro football in the way front offices are structured an operated even today.
And this might not be the only honor for Brandt here in the next few months. He is also one of the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class of 2019. Brandt and former Broncos owner Pat Bowlen are among the finalists as contributors.
Last year, when the Cowboys revealed their Ring of Honor display at The Star, Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman was asked his opinion on who the next inductee should be for the Ring of Honor.
"I'd sure like to see Gil Brandt in the Ring of Honor," Aikman said in 2017. "When you think of the Cowboys in the 70s and really the history of this franchise, you think of Tom, Tex and Gil. He's still such an ambassador to this organization."
Brandt becomes the 22nd overall, and third non-player in the Ring of Honor, joining Tom Landry and Tex Schramm. The 19 players in the ROH include Don Meredith, Don Perkins, Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Randy White, Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordan, Mel Renfro, Tony Dorsett, Rayfield Wright, Cliff Harris, Bob Hayes, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Charles Haley, Drew Pearson, Darren Woodson and Larry Allen.
Head coach Jason Garrett, whose dad Jim Garrett worked for years as an NFL scout, shared some of his memories of Brandt.
"He's one of the revolutionary figures in our league and anybody who's followed football closely understands that, how the Cowboys were built. The trio of Tom Landry, Tex Schramm and Gil Brandt is legendary," Garrett said. "(Gil is an) incredible model for how you do things. And if you look at the talent that those team acquired through the years, it just seemed like they were ahead of everybody else and there's a lot of specific detail about the technology they used and how they went about scouting players but his impact was significant on this team and was significant throughout the league in terms of how teams evaluate players, put teams together. His impact on stuff like the combine and so many other things that are just a part of what the NFL does now has been significant. So he's been a great friend to me, to this organization and one of the most impactful guys in this franchise's history."