Troy Aikman
All-American college football player, professional football player, quarterback, College Football Hall of Fame member
Troy Aikman
Troy Kenneth Aikman is a former American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. The number one overall draft pick in 1989, Aikman played twelve consecutive seasons as quarterback with the Cowboys. During his career he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, led the team to three Super Bowl victories, and was the Super Bowl XXVII MVP.
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Analysts agree: Time for Jay Cutler and Bears to part ways
Chicago Times - 20 days
Troy Aikman’s reaction on Tuesday was nearly identical to the one he had 12 years ago when he was asked a related question on the topic of the Bears’ quarterback situation — or quandary, if you will. It was before Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla., that I asked him why Sid Luckman still held...
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Bored NFC championship viewers decided Troy Aikman and Jay Z are lookalikes
LATimes - 29 days
The NFC Championship game wasn't the most enthralling television for the average NFL fan, as the Atlanta Falcons dominated the Green Bay Packers from the start en route to a 42-14 victory. So some folks watching the Fox broadcast decided to amuse themselves by pointing out a similarity in appearance...
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NFL great Troy Aikman's workout to end back pain
Fox News - 3 months
When Troy Aikman retired from the National Football League after 12 seasons as the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback, he was determined to keep training as hard as ever, out of fear he’d become an “overweight retired guy,” he says.
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Why Troy Aikman's 'Back The Blue' Tweet Is So Tone-Deaf After This Horrible Week
The Huffington Post - 8 months
Troy Aikman expressed his solidarity with police departments around the nation Friday morning, tweeting out a Fox News graphic with what some users thought was an insensitive and telling disregard of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s deaths earlier this week. “Sadly most police departments around the country don’t feel much support these days,” the Dallas Cowboys legend wrote, pairing the tweet with a “#backtheblue” hashtag. More...
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Troy Aikman: I 'Knock On Wood' Hoping I Stay Healthy After Concussions
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Troy Aikman captured three Super Bowl titles as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. But the six-time Pro Bowler also suffered at least two significant head injuries during his Hall of Fame career, an area of concern in the ever growing debate regarding football's safety, or lack thereof.  The 49-year-old Aikman -- who works as an NFL play-by-play man alongside Joe Buck for FOX Sports -- caught up with me on HuffPost Live to further discuss his post-football health.  Check it out in the video above.   Email me at or ask me questions about anything sports-related on Twitter at @Schultz_Report, and follow me on Instagram at @Schultz_Report. Also, check out my SiriusXM Radio show Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 PM ET on Bleacher Report channel 83. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. ...
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Houston-backed agent Leigh Steinberg lands Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
The inspiration for the “Jerry Maguire” movie about an idealistic sports agent portrayed by actor Tom Cruise, Leigh Steinberg has landed the equivalent of franchise quarterback Frank “Cush” Cushman in real life. One of the most famous sports agents for four decades, Steinberg, 66, is orchestrating a major comeback by signing strong-armed, imposing Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. One of the top NFL draft prospects, Lynch officially declared for the draft on Thursday on the Memphis campus. After representing Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Warren Moon, Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Bledsoe in a successful practice that started with him signing top overall pick and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski in 1975, Steinberg relaunched his business, Steinberg Sports & Entertainment after conquering alcoholism and financial issues. Based in Newport Beach, Calif., Steinberg and Philadelphia-based agent Chris Cabott are working in tandem to guide Lynch and his family into the NFL. Wi ...
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Memphis QB Paxton Lynch, Cal QB Jordan Goff declare for NFL draft
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Cal junior quarterback Jared Goff and Memphis junior quarterback Paxton Lynch officially declared for early entry into the NFL draft Thursday. !function(D,id,s){ if(D.getElementById(id))return; s=D.createElement('script');; s.src='//'; D.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s); }(document,'sh-pollware-loader'); Goff threw six touchdowns and 467 yards in his final game, an Armed Forces Bowl win over Air Force. He’s projected as a high first-round draft pick. Goff set 26 school records. This season, Goff broke his own single-season records with 4,719 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes. His 161.3 passer efficiency rating this season is second on the Bears’ all-time list. Goff and Lynch are regarded as the top quarterback prospects this year. Lynch completed just 16 of 37 passes for 108 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in a 31-10 loss to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl. The Texans sent two scout ...
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Texans’ skill-position talent held in low regard in ‘Triplets’ rankings
Houston Chronicle - over 1 year
The term “Triplets” entered the NFL vernacular in the early 1990s to describe the Dallas Cowboys’ Hall of Fame offensive trio of quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Michael Irvin. NFL Media analyst Dave Dameshek took things further by ranking each NFL team’s skill-position trio, and things don’t look pretty for the Texans in his midseason rankings. Texans' 2015 offensive yardage per game | PointAfter Houston checks in at No. 29, with only Cleveland, San Francisco and Tennessee behind the Texans. You can check out Dameshek’s rankings here. This is what he had to say about Houston’s trio of Brian Hoyer, Alfred Blue and DeAndre Hopkins: Like the late, great Jerry Orbach says at the end of “Dirty Dancing,” “When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong.” I was wrong about Ryan Mallett, who I thought had the credentials (big arm, SEC track record of success, learning from Tom Brady for several years) to succeed in 2015. Hopkins is among the best wideouts i ...
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Joe Namath Wouldn't Play Football If He Could Do It All Over Again
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Football legend Joe Namath has decided that if he could live his life over again, he wouldn’t play football. In a recent sit-down interview with WPBF-TV, an ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Hall of Fame quarterback was asked by Tiffany Kenney whether he would play football again knowing what he now knows about the dangers of the game. "No, I hate to say that because if I had a child that wanted to play [football] I'd let them play,” he said. “But I'd wait until later on, you know, when he’s developed a little more." "This instrument [the brain] that we have that we have been blessed with, it's not designed for the kind of contact or physical abuse that your body gets playing this sport,” he said. Namath also pushed back indirectly against Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who recently argued in a blog post that “there’s practically no other place where a young man is held to a higher standard.” “To me, the qualities that you get, the intangibles ...
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Here Are The Most Popular Throwback Jerseys In Each State
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Everyone has a hometown hero, a team favorite, a legend. Turns out Kobe Bryant is that person for a lot of people, even well outside of Los Angeles. The folks at Mitchell & Ness released a map Tuesday showing the top-selling throwback jerseys in each state. And while most are pretty expected -- Karl Malone is a favorite in Utah, Patrick Ewing in New York and Troy Aikman in Texas -- others are less so. Namely that Kobe Bryant is a top seller in Delaware and Tennessee. To be fair, he's also the top-selling jersey in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio, but maybe we can chalk that up to the Laker's existence as a franchise formerly located in Minnesota with a namesake derived from the Great Lakes? Unfortunately for Kobe, the reigning champion in jersey sales in California is none other than Joe Montana. Can't win them all. Either way, check out the map to see who leads your state: H/T For The Win
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Russell Wilson: Master and Commander
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
In a scene from the first film Iron Man, which I believe by far is still the best of the three, billionaire weapons inventor/industrialist Tony Stark is about to give a presentation to top military brass at a location outside of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. This is, before he becomes Iron Man. And just before giving a demonstration of his newly advanced missile system, he begins with a speech in which he opens by asking, "Is it better to be feared, or respected and I say, is it too much to ask for both?" Were the Seattle Seahawks ever both feared and respected throughout the 2013 NFL regular season, or even up to the day before the Super Bowl? But see that also begs a follow-up question. Were there ever a moment when the man who helms the Seattle Seahawks' offense was both feared and respected throughout the 2013 NFL regular season, or even up to the day before the Super Bowl? Well, at least sports columnist Peter Schrager of FOX Sports had gone on record that he recanted. And he ...
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The Seattle Seahawks: Incontestable Dominance and Honorable Mentions
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
"We didn't change anything. We play our own style of football. And we put our guys in situations they are comfortable with." -- Pete Carroll, Coach of the Seattle Seahawks during a Super Bowl postgame press conference. It all started while I was at the gym. Two guys were conversing as one said, "All of their starters are healthy." Somehow, I intuitively knew he was talking about the Denver Broncos. This was just after the Broncos had won the AFC Championship, and of course after the Seattle Seahawks had won the NFC Championship. Since I was nearby at a machine and being a Seahawks fan, that's when I simply included, "And Seattle isn't?" The gentleman answered, "Well, Percy Harvin (Seattle wide-receiver) is out." And then I quietly responded, "We'll see." And I left it at that. Yes he did have a concussion during a playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. And it's good the NFL is more cognizant now about such an injury. But I also heard from the gentleman, that the San Francisco ...
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Peyton Manning and the Top 20 QBs of All-Time
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I write this blog to celebrate the greatest quarterback of our lifetime, and to present the nineteen quarterbacks that now trail behind him. Rather than relying on traditional or contemporary sentiment, the methodology of this unique ranking is purely logical. In using an MS Excel formula to weigh the statistics, the success and consistency of 250 quarterbacks in NFL History (see the rough methodology at the end), I've unearthed a top 20 list that is sure to invite discussion. 1. Peyton Manning, 1998-present: Before this season, I had Manning behind both the relatively unknown Otto Graham and the celebrated Joe Montana. It took Manning five MVPs, thirteen winning seasons, one Super Bowl in three appearances, elite statistics for fourteen seasons, and seven All-Pros to get here. His weak play off record had slowed him down. However, despite his recent Super Bowl defeat, he is the marble statue that all future quarterbacks will look to and hope to surpass. 2. Otto Graham, 1946-1955 ...
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Having a Son Has Ruined Football for Me
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I grew up just outside of Philadelphia; my formidable years coincided with a time in Philadelphia Eagles football that is known simply as 'The Buddy Ryan Era.' The defense and mindset that Coach Ryan brought to the Eagles formed how I think about football and my opinion of how it should be played. The 'defense first, hit harder then them' edict that Ryan put into practice was so exhilarating to watch that I could spend an entire Sunday preparing for and watching an Eagles game and not care if they lost 10 to 7. I never once thought of those games as boring, and it never occurred to me that my team should focus more on the offensive side of the ball. Even though those Eagles had one of the most electrifying quarterbacks that I had ever seen in Randall Cunningham, I just didn't care if they scored. The offense would go three and out more times in a season than I could count, they couldn't win very much and I am hard-pressed to remember many names that played on that side of the ball, w ...
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Super Bowl Preview: The Big Chill
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
New Jersey's Metlife Stadium has been called "The House That Eli Built" after the New York Giants' Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Eli Manning. Snow, sleet and glacial temperatures are polar possibilities when Peyton leads the Denver Broncos into Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2. Fox analyst Troy Aikman hopes the weather will be nothing like it was Dec. 8 in Philadelphia, when heavy snow blanketed the field and caused a near whiteout in the Eagles' 34-20 win over the Detroit Lions. Any wintry conditions befalling the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold-weather environment are fine by John Entz, Fox Sports' executive vice president of production. During the regular season, coach John Fox's squad averaged an NFL-record 37.9 points per game, was the first team to surpass 600 points in a season and amassed a league-high 457.3 yards per game. After forcing three turnovers in their come-from-behind 23-17 NFC Championship victory over the San Franc ...
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Bruin Bites: Busy Week for Non-Revenue Sports, Free Agent MJD, and Aikman as GM?
Bruins Nation - about 3 years
It's Monday morning and as we get ready for another week counting down to football's National Signing Day on February 5, we take a look at the various bits and pieces of news from around the wider UCLA-iverse, focusing in on a handful of results in a busy week for our various non-revenue squads. It's a Monday morning in mid-January which means we're another week closer to National Signing Day for our football team (February 5) where we'll finally get a more definite idea of which guys will be joining Coach Mora's #BruinRevolution in Westwood and a probable run to the Pac-12 title and (hopefully) an appearance in the first college football playoff in Division I-A. It also means we're now in the second week of classes for the Winter Quarter and our non-revenue sports are back in full swing with campus back to life after the winter holiday, which means we have a full slate of non-revenue results to recap to begin your work week. So with that said, here are the bits and piece ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Troy Aikman
  • 2014
    Age 47
    On November 28, 2014, UCLA retired his No. 8 jersey at Half time against Stanford University.
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    In March 2014, Aikman was announced as a partner and spokesman for IDLife.
    More Details Hide Details In late 2005, Aikman together with another former Cowboys quarterback, Roger Staubach, established Hall of Fame Racing with Terry Labonte and Tony Raines co-driving the #96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in 2006 (the race car's number was derived by multiplying Aikman's Cowboy jersey number 8 by Staubach's jersey number 12). Raines drove for Aikman full-time in 2007, and J.J. Yeley and Brad Coleman drove the car in 2008. He has invited some of the current and former Dallas Cowboys players Drew Bledsoe, Terry Glenn, Roy Williams, and others to test drive NASCAR race cars at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • 2013
    Age 46
    In November 2013, Aikman was named as a 2014 recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, given annually to six former college athletes 25 years after the end of their college athletics careers.
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  • 2011
    Age 44
    In fall 2011, Aikman became a part of the Oxford Preparatory Academy Charter School Advisory Board in Southern California.
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  • 2010
    Age 43
    As of fall 2010, Aikman is a co-spokesman for Rent-a-Center, along with Hulk Hogan.
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    On February 9, 2010, Aikman became a member of the National Football Foundation Board of Directors.
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    He participated in UCLA's 2009 Sociology Department commencement ceremony with current quarterback Kevin Craft and former linebacker Marcus Reece, who also came back to finish his college education.
    More Details Hide Details Former UCLA quarterback John Sciarra was keynote speaker at the ceremony.
    At another halftime ceremony, this one on February 7, 2009 at the UCLA-Notre Dame basketball game, Aikman's induction into the College Hall of Fame was honored.
    More Details Hide Details Aikman announced he had completed course work to finish his degree in sociology.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    In 2008 he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
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  • 2006
    Age 39
    Aikman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and to the College Football Hall of Fame on December 9, 2008 in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Currently he works as a television sportscaster for the Fox network. He is also a former joint owner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing team Hall of Fame Racing along with fellow former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, and is a part-owner of the San Diego Padres.
    On August 5, 2006, Aikman was one of six players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details When he accepted the honor, the ever-modest Aikman commented that he was merely a beneficiary of the Cowboys' system and being paired with subsequent Hall-of-Famers Irvin and Smith.
  • 2005
    Age 38
    On September 19, 2005, at halftime of the Cowboys-Redskins game (broadcast on Monday Night Football), Aikman was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor with his longtime teammates Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith.
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  • 2001
    Age 34
    She has a daughter from a previous marriage named Rachel Worthey, as well as 2 daughters with Aikman, Jordan Ashley Aikman, born August 24, 2001, and Alexa Marie Aikman, born July 30, 2002. The couple announced their separation on January 24, 2011. Their divorce was final April 12, 2011.
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    He appeared in the Simpsons episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" alongside former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, he participated in the 2001 and 2011 videos honoring Billy Graham's 83rd and 93rd birthdays, and he was invited to be on Dancing with the Stars but turned it down.
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    After his retirement as a player, Aikman joined Fox's NFC telecasts as a color commentator for the 2001 season.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, he was named to the network's lead announcing crew, teaming with Joe Buck and (from 2002–2004) Cris Collinsworth. Aikman received an Emmy Award nomination for his television work in 2004 and has helped broadcast four Super Bowls (XXXIX, XLII, XLV and XLVIII) to date. Aikman also hosts a weekly sports radio show which airs on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. ET on Sporting News Radio, and appears weekly during the football season on the Dunham & Miller morning show on Dallas sports talk radio station 1310 The Ticket. He was a public spokesman for Acme Brick throughout his career. He is also the chairman of the Troy Aikman Foundation, a charity to benefit children that has recently focused on building playplaces for children's hospitals. The Agency Sports Management & Marketing handles Aikman's marketing activities, where Jordan Bazant is his lead agent.
  • 2000
    Age 33
    Aikman, once named the most eligible bachelor in Dallas by Texas Monthly, dated country singer Lorrie Morgan, and there were rumors of him dating Sandra Bullock and Janine Turner. He married former Cowboys publicist Rhonda Worthey on April 8, 2000, in Plano, Texas.
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    While the hit by Arrington ended his 2000 season, he claims it was the back pain and not that concussion that ended his career.
    More Details Hide Details Key to Abbreviations GP = Games Played Att = Passes attempted Com = Passes Completed Pct = Completion percentage Yds = Yards TD =Touchdowns Int = Interceptions Long = Longest Pass Play of season QB Rating = Passer rating W/L Record = Super Bowl/Postseason Won/Loss Record
    The 2000 season was Aikman's final season as a professional football player.
    More Details Hide Details Aikman suffered from several concussions during the season, and a revolving door at QB took place between Aikman and former Eagles QB Randall Cunningham. Aikman's final game was at home against the Washington Redskins. He was hit by linebacker LaVar Arrington and suffered the tenth and final concussion of his career. During the 2001 offseason, Aikman was waived a day before he was due a $70 million/7-year contract extension, and ultimately announced his retirement on April 9, after failing to find another team. He ended his career as the Cowboys' all-time leading passer (32,942 yards). 90 of his 94 career wins were in the 1990s and were the most by any quarterback in any decade until Peyton Manning surpassed him in the 2000s with 115 wins. Presently, Aikman is third on that list, also trailing Tom Brady (97).
  • 1999
    Age 32
    Aikman fired a career high 5 TD passes, including the game winner in OT to beat Washington. 1999 also marked the final playoff appearance for Troy Aikman, and the final season the big three (Aikman, Irvin, and Emmitt Smith) would play together.
    More Details Hide Details Dallas finished 8–8 and lost in the Wild Card playoff game at Minnesota, 27–10.
    The 1999 season started off with a bang for Aikman and the Cowboys as they squared off against the Washington Redskins.
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  • 1998
    Age 31
    1998 was a rebound year for Aikman and Cowboys, and despite missing five games, Aikman again helped lead Dallas back to the NFC East title and the playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details Dallas was stunned at home in the Wild Card game as the #6 seed Arizona Cardinals won, 20–7.
  • 1997
    Age 30
    In 1997, Aikman became the first quarterback in Cowboys' history to have three straight 3,000-yard seasons, but the team finished 6–10 and missed the playoffs for the 1st time since 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Switzer suffered the first losing season of his career, and resigned at the end of the season.
  • 1996
    Age 29
    In 1996, despite offensive troubles, Aikman again helped lead Dallas to another NFC East Division title and a home game for the Wild Card playoff round, a 40–15 drubbing of the Minnesota Vikings.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, Dallas fell in the Divisional Playoffs to Carolina, 26–17, and the Cowboys wouldn't win another playoff game for thirteen years.
  • 1995
    Age 28
    In 1995, Aikman passed for over 3,300 yards as the Cowboys once again finished with the best record in the NFC, with the 49ers having the second best record.
    More Details Hide Details Aikman was knocked out of a highly anticipated rematch between Dallas and San Francisco when 49ers DT Dana Stubblefield landed on Aikman, forcing his knee to hit the turf. After a stunning playoff loss at home by the 49ers to the Packers, the Cowboys hosted the Packers in the NFC Championship and, for the third straight season, knocked the Green Bay Packers out of the playoffs, this time by a 38–27 score, to earn their 3rd Super Bowl appearance in four years. Dallas won Super Bowl XXX against the Pittsburgh Steelers 27–17, with Aikman throwing one TD pass.
  • 1994
    Age 27
    Head Coach Jimmy Johnson left the team on March 29, 1994, and Jerry Jones hired Barry Switzer, Aikman's former college coach at Oklahoma.
    More Details Hide Details The Cowboys finished with the 2nd best record in the NFC, (behind the 49ers) and Aikman again missed playing time due to injuries. Dallas won their Divisional Playoff game against Green Bay 35-9, but fell to the 49ers in the NFC Championship, 38-28.
  • 1992
    Age 25
    In 1992, Aikman set career highs in completions (302), passing yards (3,445) and touchdown passes (23), and led the Cowboys to a team record 13 regular season victories and the second best record in the NFC.
    More Details Hide Details During the playoffs, Aikman broke Joe Montana's record of 83 passes without an interception by throwing 89. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles at home in the Division Playoffs and squared off against the 49ers in the NFC Championship, a matchup that featured the two best teams in the NFC. The Cowboys won, 30–20, with Aikman completing 2 game changing completions to send the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1979. In Super Bowl XXVII against the Buffalo Bills, Aikman led the Cowboys to a blowout victory, 52–17 (coincidentally the game was played in his alma mater's home stadium, the Rose Bowl). Aikman was named Super Bowl MVP after completing 22-of-30 passes for 273 yards and 4 TDs. In 1993, Dallas finished 12–4, the best record in the NFC. In the playoffs, Aikman again guided Dallas to home playoff victory, this time over a young, upstart Green Bay Packers squad led by QB Brett Favre, who was in his first full season as a starting QB. Aikman then shredded the 49ers secondary in the NFC Championship 38–21, before leaving the game with a concussion after 49ers DT Dana Stubblefield's knee hit Aikman's head. In Super Bowl XXVIII, Aikman was kept out of the end zone, but a combination of key turnovers by the Bills offense and the running of Emmitt Smith helped lead to a 30–13 victory for the Cowboys.
  • 1991
    Age 24
    In 1991, Aikman led the Cowboys to a 6–4 record in the first 10 games and had the Cowboys ahead in week 12 against undefeated Washington Redskins when he was injured.
    More Details Hide Details Steve Beuerlein replaced Aikman, and Dallas finished the season 5–0 and earned the #5 playoff seed. Beuerlein went on to lead the Cowboys to a road upset over the #4 seed Chicago Bears in the Wild Card round. With the Cowboys losing 17-6 at halftime the following week against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Divisional Playoff game, Aikman was inserted to start the 3rd quarter, but was unable to provide a spark. The Cowboys lost, 38–6. Aikman was selected to the first of six consecutive Pro Bowls.
  • 1990
    Age 23
    With Emmitt Smith and WR Michael Irvin, Aikman led the Cowboys to a 7–7 record in the 1990 season, but was injured in the 15th game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
    More Details Hide Details The Cowboys would go on to lose that game and the following week against the Atlanta Falcons with backup QB Babe Laufenberg, missing the final playoff wild card spot by one game.
    Following his rookie season, Dallas selected Florida Gators RB Emmitt Smith in the 1st round of the 1990 NFL Draft.
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  • 1989
    Age 22
    He finished 1989 with an 0–11 record as a starter, completing 155 of 293 passes for 1,749 yards, 9 TDs, 18 INTs.
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    Aikman was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft, by the Dallas Cowboys.
    More Details Hide Details On February 25, 1989, new owner Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry, and replaced him with Jimmy Johnson. A few months later in the NFL's supplemental draft, Johnson drafted Steve Walsh who played for Johnson at the University of Miami. Aikman won the starting quarterback job, and Walsh was traded early in the 1990 season. Aikman's NFL career started with a 28–0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The following week, Aikman threw his first touchdown pass, a 65-yard completion to Michael Irvin, but the Atlanta Falcons intercepted two passes and won. In a game against the Arizona Cardinals he threw for 379 yards to set an NFL rookie record.
  • 1988
    Age 21
    He was a Consensus All-American, the UPI West Coast Player of the Year, the Washington DC Club QB of the Year, a finalist for the 1988 AFCA "Coaches Choice" Player of the year award, and he finished third for the 1988 Heisman Trophy.
    More Details Hide Details UCLA matched the victory total from the previous season under Aikman, going 10-2 and losing only to USC and Washington State. The 1988 season culminated with a 17-3 Bruin victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 1989 Cotton Bowl Classic, which was played in Dallas. The Dallas media spent most of the Cotton Bowl Classic week promoting Aikman as the "next quarterback of the Cowboys," and much was made of Tom Landry watching Troy Aikman practice during the Bruins' workouts at Texas Stadium. Aikman finished his career as the number two career passing leader in UCLA history.
    As a senior, Aikman won the 1988 Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback, a first for UCLA.
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  • 1987
    Age 20
    Aikman led the Bruins to a 10–2 record and the 1987 Aloha Bowl, where they beat the Florida Gators 20-16.
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  • 1985
    Age 18
    The team went on to win the 1985 National Championship.
    More Details Hide Details With Holieway established as the starting quarterback at OU, Aikman decided to transfer to UCLA. Barry Switzer oversaw Aikman's transfer to UCLA, a program under Terry Donahue that was more conducive to a passing quarterback. He had to redshirt one year due to college transfer rules but went on to lead the Bruins to a 20-4 record over two seasons. As a junior he earned the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year.
    In 1985 his first season as a collegiate starter, Aikman led the Sooners to upsets over Minnesota, Kansas State, and #17 Texas in the Red River Shootout before hosting the Miami Hurricanes and his future head coach, Jimmy Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details On October 19, Miami's Jerome Brown broke through the offensive line, sacked Aikman on the Sooner 29-yard line and broke Aikman's ankle. Aikman, who had been six of eight passing for 131 yards, would be lost for the season. Switzer and offensive coordinator Jim Donnan were forced to switch back to the wishbone offense under freshman quarterback Jamelle Holieway.
  • 1966
    Aikman was born on November 21, 1966.
    More Details Hide Details He grew up in Cerritos, California. At the age of 12, his family moved to Henryetta, Oklahoma where he played football at Henryetta High School where he would earn All-State honors. The New York Mets offered Aikman a contract out of high school, but instead of playing baseball he chose to pursue football and attended the University of Oklahoma under head coach Barry Switzer.
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