Former Riders’ OL, Plaza of Honour inductee Gary Brandt passes away at 80

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Former Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman Gary Brandt passed away earlier this week at the age of 80.

Brandt played 11 seasons along the Riders’ offensive line, playing all 16 games in all except his rookie year. He helped the team reach the West Division Final in 10 consecutive seasons and appeared in four Grey Cups. In 1975, he was named the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman despite playing alongside Canadian Football Hall of Famers Jack Abendschan and Clyde Brock.

Prior to his CFL career, the Moose Jaw native who grew up in Regina played collegiately for the University of Washington Huskies.

Brandt was inducted into the Riders’ Plaza of Honour alongside teammate Larry Bird in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Joan, three children, and three grandchildren.