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Gil Brandt, Pat Bowlen nominated for Hall of Fame

ESPN.com | Updated: 2018-08-24 05:00:17

CANTON, Ohio -- Gil Brandt and Pat Bowlen have been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as contributors to the game.

Currently a consultant to the NFL and one of the key figures in the staging of the draft, Brandt was one of the key contributors to the building of the Dallas Cowboys. As vice president of player personnel from 1960-89, Brandt helped Dallas grow into one of the most powerful and popular sports franchises in America. Among the Cowboys' innovations were extensive use of computers and deeply scouting the historically black colleges for talent.

"This is, without question, one of the greatest things that have happened in my life," Brandt said Thursday.

Bowlen, the longtime owner of the Denver Broncos, is the only owner in NFL history with 300 overall victories during his first 30 seasons. Under his leadership, the Broncos had an unprecedented run of success, winning three Super Bowls and seven conference titles.

Broncos general manager and executive vice president of football operations John Elway celebrated Bowlen's nomination on Twitter.

The Broncos were placed in a trust when Pat Bowlen stepped down in 2014 because of Alzheimer's.

"This is an exciting day for our family and the Broncos fans who have been so supportive of Pat Bowlen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pat would be the first to say it's not just about him but a credit to the many players, coaches and executives he worked with over the years," the Bowlen family said in a statement. "We're thankful to the Contributor Committee for recognizing the incredible impact Pat's had on the NFL. As we look forward to the final vote, our family also congratulates Gil Brandt on his well-deserved nomination."

Their candidacy will be voted on in February, the day before the Super Bowl. Inductions are next August.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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