Troy Kenneth Aikman was born on 21 November, 1966 in West Covina, California, USA. Troy Aikman is a former American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, and currently a television sportscaster for the Fox network. Troy Aikman is also a joint owner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup racing team, Hall of Fame Racing, along with fellow former Cowboys quarterback, Roger Staubach. Troy Aikman is considered among the best NFL quarterbacks of all time, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Troy Aikman is referred to as one of “The Triplets” with Cowboys teammates Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith.
The youngest of 3 children, Troy Aikman was born to Charlyn and Kenneth Aikman, and lived in Cerritos, California, USA until the age of 12, when his family moved to a farm in Henryetta, Oklahoma, USA. In Things Change, an account of his life written for kids, Troy Aikman recounted that he thought his athletic career was over, but, to his surprise, it was just beginning. Troy Aikman made All State in both football and baseball, and his high school, Henryetta High School, retired his football jersey. In high school, he was also involved in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the influence of which can be seen in his business ventures.
The New York Mets offered Troy 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.
In 1985, his 1st season as a collegiate starter, Troy Aikman led the Sooners to wins over Minnesota, Kansas State, and #17 Texas in the Red River Shootout before hosting the Miami Hurricanes and his future head coach Jimmy Johnson.
On 19 October, in front of a sellout crowd of 75,008 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Miami’s Jerome Brown broke through the offensive line, sacked Troy Aikman on the Sooner 29 yard line and broke Troy Aikman’s ankle. Troy Aikman, who had been 6 of 8 passing for 131 yards, would be lost for the season. Barry Switzer and offensive coordinator Jim Donnan were forced to switch back to the wishbone offense under freshman quarterback Jamelle Holieway. The team went on to win the 1985 National Championship by beating Penn State in the 1986 Orange Bowl. With Holieway established as the starting quarterback at OU, Troy Aikman decided to transfer to UCLA.
Barry Switzer oversaw Troy Aikman’s transfer to UCLA, a programme under Terry Donahue that was more conducive to a passing quarterback. Troy Aikman had to redshirt 1 year due to college transfer rules but went on to lead the Bruins to a 20-4 record over 2 seasons.
As a junior, Troy Aikman led the Bruins to a 10-2 record and the 1987 Aloha Bowl, where they beat the Florida Gators 20-16.
As a senior, Troy Aikman won the 1988 Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback, a 1st for UCLA. Troy Aikman 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 3rd for the 1988Heisman Trophy. UCLA matched the victory total from the previous season under Troy Aikman, going 10-2 and losing only to USC and Washington State. The season culminated with a 17-3 Bruin victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 1989 Cotton Bowl, which was played in Dallas. The Dallas media spent most of the Cotton Bowl week promoting Troy 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. Troy Aikman finished his career as the number 2 career passing leader in UCLA history. In 2008 he was elected to the college football hall of fame.
On 25 February, 1989, new owner Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry, and replaced him with Jimmy Johnson. A few months later in the NFL’s supplemental draft, Jimmy Johnson drafted Steve Walsh, who played for Jimmy Johnson at the University of Miami. Troy Aikman won the starting quartback job, and Steve Walsh was traded early in the 1990 season.
Troy Aikman’s NFL career started with a 28-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The following week, Troy Aikman threw his 1st touchdown pass, a 65 yard completion to Michael Irvin, but the Atlanta Falcons intercepted 2 passes and won. Troy Aikman finished 1989 with an 0-11 record as a starter, completing 155 of 293 passes for 1,749 yards, 9 TDs, 18 INTs.
Troy Aikman proved resilient, however, and in 1990, nearly led the Cowboys to the playoffs. In 1991, he led the Cowboys to a 6-5 record in the 1st 11 games and had the Cowboys ahead in week 12 against undefeated Washington when he was injured. Steve Beuerlein lead to a playoff win. Troy Aikman played in the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Detroit Lions, but lost, 38-6. However, he was selected to the 1st of 6 consecutive Pro Bowls.
In 1992, Troy 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. The team won Super Bowl XXVII against the Buffalo Bills, 52-17. Troy Aikman, named Super Bowl MVP, completed 22-of-30 passes for 273 yards with 4 TDs.
In 1993, Troy Aikman posted a 99.0 passer rating, and Dallas finished with a 12-4 record and defeated the Bills again in Super Bowl XXVIII. Jimmy Johnson left the team on 29 March 1994, and Jerry Jones hired Barry Switzer, a former college teammate at the University of Arkansas. The Cowboys lost the NFC Championship game to the San Francisco 49ers.
In 1995, Troy Aikman amassed over 3,300 yards passing as the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17. In 1997, Troy Aikman became the 1st quarterback in Dallas history to have 3 straight 3,000-yard seasons, but the team finished 6-10, and missing the playoffs. Barry Switzer suffered the 1st losing season of his career, and resigned in 1996.
Revolving-door personnel changes plagued the Cowboys for the rest of Troy Aikman’s tenure. Troy Aikman also suffered a series of concussions. Troy Aikman’s 10th, at the hands of Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, would end his career. The Cowboys finished the 2000 season 5-11.
After he was waived a day before he was due a $70,000,000/7-year contract extension, Troy Aikman announced his retirement on 9 April 2001 after failing to find another team. Troy Aikman 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.
After his retirement as a player, Troy Aikman joined Fox’s NFC telecasts as a colour commentator for the 2001 season. A year later, he was named to the network’s lead announcing crew, teaming with Joe Buck and (from 2002-2005) Cris Collinsworth. Troy Aikman received an Emmy Award nomination for his television work in 2004 and has helped broadcast 2 Super Bowls (XXXIX and XLII) to date.
Troy 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. Troy Aikman was a public spokesman for Acme Brick throughout his career and now owns a Ford dealership in Dallas. Troy Aikman 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.
Troy Aikman, once named the most eligible bachelor in Dallas by Texas Monthly, married former Cowboys publicist Rhonda Worthey on 8 April, 2000, in Plano, Texas, after dating country singer Lorrie Morgan and rumors of dating Sandra Bullock and Janine Turner. They have 3 children: Rachel Worthey (from Rhonda’s previous marriage), daughter Jordan Ashley Aikman born 24 August, 2001, and daughter Alexa Marie Aikman born 30 July, 2002.
In 1999, he was ranked No. 95 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
On 19 September, 2005, at halftime of the Cowboys-Redskins game (broadcast on Monday Night Football), Troy Aikman was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honour with his longtime teammates Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. On 5 August, 2006, Troy Aikman was 1 of 6 players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When he accepted the honour, the ever-modest Troy Aikman commented that he was merely a beneficiary of the Cowboys’ system and being paired with subsequent Hall-of-Famers Irvin and Smith.
In late 2005, Troy 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 troy Aikman full time in 2007, and J.J. Yeley and Brad Coleman drove the car in 2008. Troy Aikman 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.
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