FRISCO, Texas – On Friday evening the Dallas Cowboys lost a legendary football fanatic and member of the family, Jim Garrett, a former member of the team’s scouting department for over 16 years and the father of current Cowboy’s Head Coach Jason Garrett. He passed away at the age of 87 with his wife, Jane, and their eight children by his side according to a release from the Cowboys.
Jim was an avid football fan and he spent almost 40 years working in professional football doing what he loved and living his dream. He started out as a fullback for Utah State after transferring from St. Mary’s College, and then went to the professional level, playing for the New York Giants a few years in the 1950s under Coordinators Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi.
Jim traded in his jersey for coaching and scouting, and began a love affair that lasted almost a half-century. He became an assistant coach for the Giants (1970-1973), the Saints (1976-1977), and the Browns (1978-1984). In 1987 he joined the Dallas Cowboys scouting department full-time and stayed until 2004 when he retired.
During Jim’s time with the Cowboys, he was apart of four Super Bowl teams and three Super Bowl Championships in 1992, 1993, and 1995. He wrote the original scouting report for future Hall of Fame Quarterback Troy Aikman who was selected in the first pick of the 1889 NFL Draft.
Jim and his son Jason share a lot of similarities: Their passion and love for the game of football from playing to coaching and a desire to leave their mark in professional football as their dreams and goals unfold. Jim Garrett has left his mark with the Dallas Cowboys and in the lives of young athletes that showed promise and determination in his eyes, as he fostered their dreams of playing in the National Football League.
Jim Garrett led a football life, but it was not his whole life. His family came first, and they were a close-knit family. Juggling coaching, along with eight kids was challenging but he would make time for his family. He was a teacher and over the years he passed on many life lessons and football analysis to his son Jason. Jason rarely shows emotions, but the few times he has, it has been in talking about or recalling a memory with his father. Jason Garrett told Jeff Sullivan at Valley Ranch in 2014 through tears, “ I learn something from him every time we talk, I really do.”
Jim Garrett’s spirit lives on and the lessons he impressed on many individuals and athletes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Garrett Family.
He is succeeded by his wife Jane, his eight children- Jim, Jane, Jennifer, Janine, Jill, John, Jason, and Judd – 28 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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