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Here are a few things you may not know about Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
1. Second most wins in franchise history
In 136 games, Jason Garrett has a 77-59 record as Cowboys coach. His 77 wins are the second most in franchise history. He has a long way to go to reach the top spot. Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry is comfortably ahead of every coach in Cowboys history with 250 wins.
Jimmy Johnson has the third most wins (44) as Cowboys coach.
2. His father is a familiar face
Jason isn’t the first Garrett to make a living at Valley Ranch.
Dad Jim Garrett, who passed away in February of 2018, held assistant coaching and scouting jobs with the Giants, Saints, Browns, Bills and Cowboys at various times. He also made stops at the Coast Guard Academy, Lehigh, Susquehanna and Columbia.
3. He wasn’t the only son to catch dad’s coaching bug
Along with Jason (left), all three of his brothers took after dad (center) and coached football at some level. Jim Garrett III coached high school ball in Cleveland for 25 years.
Judd Garrett (right) has held various positions around the NFL since 1997, including tight ends coach for St. Louis in 2006-07. He is currently the Cowboys’ director of pro scouting.
John Garrett spent last season as the quality control specialist for the offense at Florida and has worked around the NFL and college since the early ’90s.
4. No love from pops
In the video above, Jim said he was tasked with scouting his son in 1988. And instead of giving him a fatherly boost, he was blunt with his scouting report.
“Exactly what I saw is what I put down,” he said. “My grade was that he could be a backup quarterback for a contending team.”
5. He played his college ball in the Ivy League
Garrett originally planned to play at Princeton, but instead transferred to Columbia along with his brothers after their father was hired to coach the Lions.
Things didn’t go well, however, as Jim was fired from Columbia after an 0-10 season, his last as a head coach anywhere after allegations of verbal and physical abuse were made.
Garrett and his brothers returned to Princeton following their father’s firing. In two seasons at quarterback for the Tigers, Garrett threw for 4,274 yards and 20 touchdowns on 366-of-550 passing. He was awarded the 1988 Asa S. Bushnell Cup for the top Ivy League player of the year, an award his brother Judd won the following season.
Columbia got a bit of revenge on the Garrett family in 1988. With Jason quarterbacking and Judd at running back, the Tigers fell to the Garretts’ old team 16-13. The win for Columbia was one of their most memorable ever as it snapped a 44-game losing streak that was in its second season when the Garretts were there.
6. Whiffing on high fives
Would you believe that Garrett missed those on purpose? Here’s what he told 105.3 The Fan after it happened:
“Sometimes with those high-fives, those are big, strong, physical guys. … My experience is if you hit those guys hard with high fives and low fives, sometimes they get the better of you,” Garrett said. “So I think there’s a way to kind of convey that enthusiasm without taking the physical punishment.”
That actually makes some sense. Sort of.
7. He played in the World League of American Football
When things didn’t work out in New Orleans, Garrett looked outside the NFL for opportunities to prove he could be of value in the league.
In spring of 1991, he took the starting job for the San Antonio Riders of the newly formed WLAF, which eventually became NFL Europe. Later that year, he also played for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the CFL.
8. He saved Thanksgiving
Garrett came to Dallas in 1993 to serve as the third-string quarterback behind Troy Aikman and Bernie Kosar. He remained with the Cowboys until 1999, serving as Troy Aikman’s primary backup in his final two seasons.
His most memorable moment came in 1994 when he started for the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and led a dramatic 2nd-half comeback.
Garrett threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-26 passing to help the Cowboys beat Green Bay 42-31.He started seven more games for the Cowboys, five of which came in 1998, and finished his career in Dallas with a 6-3 record.
9. He left Dallas for a rival
When his time with the Cowboys came to an end, Garrett signed with the rival Giants to backup Kerry Collins in 2000.
He never got a chance to do much in four seasons with New York, appearing sparingly and never attempting a pass for Big Blue. Garrett retired after short tenures in Miami in Tampa Bay in 2004.
10. His first coaching job was under Nick Saban
Upon retirement from the Dolphins, Garrett was hired by new Miami coach Nick Saban and his offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, to coach the quarterbacks.
Linehan hired Garrett within 10 hours of their first meeting. A voicemail from Troy Aikman recommending Garrett to the Dolphins didn’t hurt either. When Saban left for Alabama, he tried to bring Garrett with him to Tuscaloosa, but Garrett elected to stay with the Dolphins until Dallas came calling.
Bonus: Three-time Pro Bowl coach
While Garrett is still searching for his first Super Bowl appearance and title as a coach, he is very familiar with the Pro Bowl.
Garrett’s been selected as head coach of the Pro Bowl three different times, including in 2018. Of course, Garrett would trade all those Pro Bowl appearances for a Super Bowl title.
Bonus: He has a potty mouth
Garrett is typically calm and reserved in front of the media, but he has another side to him.
All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys, a Prime Original series produced by NFL Films, showed Garrett in a different light. From SportsDay’s Kate Hairopoulos:
“Addressing the team at the start of the season, the head coach tells his players and staff they have everything they need for the 2017 season.
“The most successful people in life, they have an edge,” he says. “They have a [expletive] you attitude. If you don’t have an edge, you can’t compete at the highest level, period. Go do something else.”
“After a blowout loss at Denver, he rips the offense: “The whole thing was soft.”
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