Jason Garrett’s father, former Cowboys scout, dies at 87

Jason Garrett's father, former Cowboys scout, dies at 87

Jim Garrett, a former NFL assistant, long-time scout and father of head coach Jason Garrett, has died, the Dallas Cowboys introduced. He was 87.

The elder Garrett was a scout for the Cowboys from 1987-2004, working with coaches Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey, Dave Campo and Invoice Parcells. He was a part of 4 Dallas Tremendous Bowl groups, together with three Tremendous Bowl championships (1992, 1993 and 1995).

Jim Garrett entered the NFL as an assistant coach with the New York Giants in 1970, and stayed with the staff by way of 1973. He spent two seasons with the New Orleans Saints (1976-77) and had a seven-year stint with the Cleveland Browns (1978-84) as working backs coach.

Jim Garrett battled the consequences of a stroke since 2012 and was surrounded by his spouse, Jane, and all eight of their kids when he handed, the Cowboys introduced.

He’s survived by his spouse, his eight kids — Jim, Jane, Jennifer, Janine, Jill, John, Jason and Judd — 28 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.