The American professional football executive, late Gil Brandt, is survived by his wife Sara and son Hunter in their memories. Brandt passed away at the age of 91.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer significantly transformed the Dallas Cowboys from an expansion team into “America’s Team.”
In honor of Brandt, the Pro Football Hall of Fame stated that the Hall of Fame flag in Canton, Ohio, was lowered to half-staff on Thursday.
Gil Brandt was the Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel for 28 years, from 1960 to 1988.
The native of Milwaukee attended North Division High School, where he played as a defensive back.
However, he started his career as a photographer and part-time scout for the Los Angeles Rams. Later, the San Francisco 49ers hired him as a full-time scout in 1958.
After that, Brandt served as a chief talent scout for the Dallas Cowboys in 1960.
In 2018, he was named a Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member, and on February 2, 2019, at the yearly NFL Honors Awards, Brandt was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Gil Brandt Wife Sara & Son Hunter
The highly regarded personnel administrator had a closely guarded personal life. Despite his public appearance, Brandt maintained a private relationship with his family.
Sara Brandt, Gil Brandt’s wife, also maintains a private lifestyle.
Gil Brandt and his wife had been together for over three decades as the couple tied the knot on February 20, 1989.
Moreover, Gil never shied from appreciating his wife on his Twitter handle. He often wished her on her birthday, women’s days, and anniversaries.
Mrs. Brandt is known to have a son named Hunter Brandt with her late husband, Gil.
Moreover, Gil’s son tied the knot with his girlfriend, Callen, in March 2019.
The following month, Gil tweeted a heartwarming message admiring his wife.
He wrote a caption that read,
“Sara helped put on a beautiful party last night. It was the second big event she had planned this summer; our son got married last month.”
He further stated, “She’s always sacrificed so much for our family. It’s true: Beside every great man, there is an even greater woman.”
An Incident Just Before The Hall Of Fame Induction
Gil and his wife averted a potential catastrophe in 2019 just before being inducted into the Cowboy’s Hall of Fame. He was heading to his tailor to adjust the gold jacket for his special day.
A bullet entered their vehicle through the left windshield, targeting them. Sara was almost struck, but they both escaped unharmed.
Four years later, the Pro Football Hall of Famer died at 91 on August 31, 2023.
Despite his physical demise, the legend lives on in the memory of his wife Sara and son Hunter, who are both proud of his accomplishments.