Dallas Cowboys #1 Super Scout Gil Brandt Gets NFL Hall of Fame Honors.
By #2 Super Scout Max Emfinger
I Would Like To Congratulate My Former Boss, Gil Brandt of The Dallas Cowboys on Being Selected To The NFL Hall of Fame. My Former Boss, Gil Brandt, was The Original #1 Super Scout and he has just been Honored with an NFL Hall of Fame Award and We Want to Give Him All of The Congratulations That He Totally Deserves.
Gil Brandt was The Dallas Cowboys Vice President of Player Personnel from 1960-1988. Along with Head Football Coach Tom Landry and General Manager Tex Schramm, Brandt Helped The Dallas Cowboys To-Get to Five Super Bowls and Then Winning Super Bowl Championships in 1971 and 1977.
It has been a long time since I called The Dallas Cowboys my home, but I have kept up with The Cowboys and The NFL ever since I left in 1977. When I was working for Head Coach Tom Landry and Super Scout Gil Brandt, I felt that I was able to help The Dallas Cowboys to be a Little More Successful. I also Researched Really Hard To-Find a Photo of My Old Boss as I Knew him!
Gil Brandt Will Always be My Hero and Being Famous as Being The Father of The Innovative NFL Scouting Methods with The Dallas Cowboys. His Unbelievable Innovation Helped him To Identify More Information on a Potential Player in The NFL Draft, in The Format of More Skills in The Form of More Information and More Measureables.
Brandt is also Credited With The Unbelievable Philosophy of Drafting The “Very best Athlete Available” Rather than Drafting a Player of The Team’s Positional Need. Brandt Set Standards For The Dallas Cowboy Scouts To Evaluate Players for The NFL Draft and Various Other NFL Teams Found-Out About Them and Started Using Them.
Another One of The Most Innovative New Scouting Techniques Developed by Brandt was The Evaluations of Super Athletes in Other Sports than Football. Three of The Most Famous Super Athletes were Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame Super-Star Bobby Hayes In Track; One of my Dallas Cowboys Scouting Best Friends, Cornell Green, In Basketball; and Toni Fritsch In Soccer.
Brandt took in Consideration These Two Great Athletes (Hayes and Green) with Great Measurables in Other Sports for The Potential Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft Choices. I will Never Forget Looking at The Bob Hayes Files and seeing that He Not only ran a 9.1 in The 100-Yard Dash, but he also had a 44-Inch Vertical Jump and something like a 3.91 Pro-Shuttle. Of Course, Hayes had never Caught a Touchdown Pass, but he Learned Really Quickly.
The Dallas Cowboys were The First NFL Team To-Sign a College All-American Basketball Player and then turn him into a Super NFL Player. Green was From Utah State, and he Was a Two-Time All-American Basketball Player in 1961 and 1962. Cornell Green was The First Brandt-Success with a Basketball Super-Star and in 13 Years with The Dallas Cowboys, Green was Selected To The NFL All-Pro Team 8 Times.
My Good Friend, Cornell Green, Retired from Football with The Dallas Cowboys and then Cornell became a Dallas Cowboys Talent Scout With me in The Same 1975 Year and of course, Green Never Played Football until The First Day of Practice in his Rookie Year, but Cornell Averaged an Incredible 28 Points and 13 Rebounds as a Senior and Recorded a Fabulous 43-Inch Vertical Jump.
I will Never Forget Laughing with Cornell when we talked about his First Day of Football Practice in The Summer Pre-Season Practice in 1962. Although he had Never Played A Down of Football before His First Summer Football Practice, Cornell Made The NFL All-Rookie Team in That Same Rookie-Year in 1962. Cornell and I Were Joined by Two Other Dallas Cowboys Talent Scouts in Reid Johnson and “Big John” Wooten.
Brandt and The Dallas Cowboys were also The First NFL Team To Use Mental and Personality Tests to Help To-Determine The Mental Capacity of High Potential NFL Draft Choices. Brandt was also Responsible For Helping To Create The Annual NFL Super Scouting Combine.
In 1974, after spending Two Years as a Graduate Assistant for Head Football Coach Hayden Fry, at The University of North Texas, I got a call from Dallas Cowboys Super Scout Gil Brandt. Out of All of People in The Country, Gil Brandt told me that he had An Opening for a Talent Scout with The Dallas Cowboys. I Drove to Dallas and Interviewed for The Job and I was all set to take The Job when The Cowboys decided not to hire another Talent Scout.
In the meantime, I had Interviewed with Lanier Business Products to get back into Sales. Then, one day, I got a call from Lanier and Later that month, I took a job as a Salesman with The Lanier Business Products in Dallas, Texas.
As a Word-Processing and Dictating Machine Salesman, I became one of The Top Salesmen in The Dallas Sales Office and I was Already Being Groomed to become a Sales Manager or a National Sales Trainer. I also won Three Lanier Salesmen of the Month Awards.
Then, About a year later, I was in Garland, Texas, on a Sales Call, and I got another call from Gil Brandt. “Max, we are now ready to hire another Talent Scout and I was Wondering if you were still interested?” This was like a “Dream-Come-True For Me” so I became a Dallas Cowboys Talent Scout.
One of the reasons that Gil Brandt Hired Me was, because he was Impressed with My Innovativeness and Hard Work. In Fact, after In Helping my Graduate Assistant Coach, Billy Brashier, who was The Secondary Coach, and also The North Texas Recruiting Coordinator, Coach Fry Got a Special Ruling from The NCAA to Make Me The Recruiting Coordinator, as a Graduate Assistant in my Second Year.
Gil Brandt Hired me to become his In-House Assistant Talent Scout. As his In-House Assistant Talent Scout, I Developed some Pretty Exciting Innovative Programs that The Dallas Cowboys were still using for a many years after I left.
One day, Gil Asked me To-Follow him Down The Hall, because he had a Huge Project for me! As I followed Gil down The Hall, we walked into one of The Coaching Staff Board Meeting Rooms where The Late NFL Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Tom Landry and The Late Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Coach Ernie Stautner were waiting for us.
“Max, we want you to develop a Flip Chart For Our Coaching Staff,” said Coach Tom Landry. This Flip Chart that I Coordinated was The Rating and Ranking of Every Current NFL Player. I then Color-Coded Every Player in The NFL as to his Rating and Ranking.
GOLD = All-NFL
BLUE = Future or Past All-NFL
RED = Average NFL Player
GREEN = Rookie or Two-year NFL player.
I Developed This Huge Flip-Chart For Each NFL Team. Then, a Color-Coded Business-Card with The Name and Measuraeables of Each Football Player was placed in The Flip-Chart Sleeve For Each Position on The Football Field for Both The Offense and Defense For Each NFL Football Team.
These Late Legendary Coaches and NFL Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Tom Landry and Defensive Coordinator Coach Ernie Stautner used This Color-Coded Rating and Ranking System as Info For Their Weekly Scouting Report in Preparation for Their Next Game. After Finishing This Dallas Cowboys Huge Scouting Project, Coach Landry Turned To Coach Stautner and Said:
“Coach, I Think We Have Us A Real Super Scout!”
Another Dallas Cowboys Scouting Project that I Coordinated was The Development of a Texas Top 100 High School Football Recruiting List for College Football Coaches. We did this as a favor to College Coaches and we gave this list to Every College Team in The Country That Recruited Texas Players. That Included Almost Every Single College Team in The Country.
All of these Innovative Factors Combined to help Super Scout Gil Brandt, Head Football Coach Tom Landry, and Team President Tex Schramm To Build The Dallas Cowboys into The Most Dominant Franchise in The 1960’s and 1970’s. During this time period, Brandt Was In-Charge of The Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft of Several Franchise Players,including Emmitt Smith, Bob Lilly, Lee Roy Jordan, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Roger Staubach, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Rayfield Wright, Harvey Martin, Tony Dorsett, and of Course Bobby Hayes and Cornell Green.
Another Unbelievable and Incredible Fact is that There Are 13 Dallas Cowboy Players in The NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame and Gil Brandt was The Super Scout That Helped Make All of Them a Dallas Cowboy. Then There Are 19 Players in The Dallas Cowboys Incredible Ring of Honor, and Gil Brandt was Involved in Making 15 of Them a Dallas Cowboy.
With Gil Brandt as The Newest Hall of Fame Inductee, The 17 Dallas Cowboys Selected To The NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Include: Gil Brandt, Roger Staubach, Tom Landry, Tex Schramm, Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Troy Aikman, Rayfield Wright, Michael Irvin, Bob Hayes, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Larry Allen, Charles Haley, and Jerry Jones.
Brandt and the rest of his Hall of Fame Class will be Officially Enshrined at The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, this Summer.
I loved being a Dallas Cowboys Scout, but Lanier Business Products was calling me almost every day to come back to work for them. Then one day, Lanier Offered Me a Job that I Could Not Pass-Up. They Offered Me The Job of Lanier Sales Manager in Midland, Texas.
This job would effectively Triple My Income! I really did not want to leave The Dallas Cowboys, but there was just too much money involved.
I decided to go talk to The Late Dallas Cowboys President and General Manager Tex Schramm (In Photo with Gil Brandt) and see if they could either match The Lanier Salary and Commission Figures or at least give me a raise. “Max, you have done a great job for us and we love you. Soon, you will receive a raise, but it sounds like you have a pretty fantastic offer that you can’t pass-up,” said Tex Schramm.
I was The Lanier Sales Manager in Midland, Texas for two years and then I was hired away by Micom Word Processing International to take over as their Micom Houston Branch Manager. After about a year, I left Micom To Found The First National High School Football Recruiting Service, in Houston, Texas.