Jim Garrett, the father of Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, passed away Friday night at the age of 87. The entire Garrett family was by his side when he passed, including Jason, his wife Jane, and their eight children.
Father of Cowboys HC Jason Garrett, Jim Garrett, passed away today. He served as a Cowboys scout from 1987-2004 and beyond that spent almost 40 years in the NFL and almost his entire life playing and/or coaching at all levels of football. pic.twitter.com/wuBfYZU7By— Cowboys Nation (@CowboysNation) February 10, 2018
Jim Garrett was a scout with the Cowboys from 1987-2004 so he has been around the team when Tom Landry was the coach as well as the Cowboys Super Bowl runs in the ‘90s under Jimmy Johnson. He even wrote the original scouting report on future Cowboys draftee and Hall of Famer Troy Akiman.
This was the original scouting report for @TroyAikman, written by Jim Garrett, father of #DallasCowboys head coach Jason Garrett. He passed away tonight at the age of 87. #RIP pic.twitter.com/MECtenvmAP— Edward Egros (@EdwardEgrosFox4) February 10, 2018
As the mothership reports, Jim Garrett has been a part of pro football for almost 40 years, including 16 years working in the Cowboys scouting department.
Garrett was a part of four Dallas Super Bowl teams, including three Super Bowl championships (1992, 1993 and 1995). As a college scout for the club, he wrote the original scouting report on Troy Aikman, who Dallas selected with the first overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft.
In 1985, Garrett was the head coach of Columbia in the Ivy League.
A standout fullback at Utah State, Garrett bounced around on a few professional teams, including one season for the New York Giants in 1956. The Rutherford, N.J. native also spent a training camp with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jason Garrett and his family.