Cowboys to induct Brandt into Ring of Honor
Former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt will see his name placed in the team's Ring of Honor, owner Jerry Jones announced on Friday. Brandt will become the 22nd member of the esteemed group in a halftime ceremony on Nov. 29 when the Cowboys meet the New Orleans Saints at AT&T Stadium.
"When Jerry called me with the news, it was on par with walking off the field after winning the Super Bowl," said Brandt, who worked in the Cowboys' front office for 29 seasons. In fact, 15 of the 19 players in the Ring of Honor were acquired by Brandt either through a trade or the draft.
All 15 are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, starting with his 1964 draft class of Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes and Mel Renfro.
Part of the staff of the expansion Cowboys in 1960, Brandt will join founding team president Tex Schramm and the first head coach, Tom Landry, as the non-players in the Ring of Honor.
"I hope my heart and legs will be strong enough to survive that moment," Brandt, 85, said about the moment he will be inducted into the Ring of Honor. "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 also became a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. He needs 80 percent of the votes of the 49-member selection committee when it meets during Super Bowl week in Atlanta.
--Field Level Media
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