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Longtime Cowboys scout, father of Jason Garrett dies at 87

The men of the Garrett family are shown in this 2005 file photo. Jim Garrett (center), father of Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (far right), died Friday at 87. From left to right: Judd Garrett, Jim Garrett III, Jim Garrett II, John Garrett and Jason Garrett.
The men of the Garrett family are shown in this 2005 file photo. Jim Garrett (center), father of Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (far right), died Friday at 87. From left to right: Judd Garrett, Jim Garrett III, Jim Garrett II, John Garrett and Jason Garrett. Fort Worth Star-Telegram archives

Jim Garrett, a longtime scout for the Dallas Cowboys and father of head coach Jason Garrett, died Friday night at the age of 87, according to an announcement by the team.

Garrett spent 17 years of his professional life as a scout for the Cowboys, including the Super Bowl seasons of 1992, 1993 and 1995. He wrote the original scouting report on Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, the organization’s first-round pick (and first overall) in the 1989 draft.

Garrett also worked for the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns.

Garrett’s wife, Jane, and his eight children, including Jason, were at his side when he died. In addition to his wife and children, Garrett is survived by 28 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be made by the family.

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