Getting to play in a Super Bowl is one of the biggest highlights of a football player’s careers, but being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is by far the best moment in a career. For players across the decades, being inducted into the Hall of Fame solidifies a player’s legacy. We’ve been highlighting some of the greatest players in the history of football over the last few months and today, we’re covering another.
"I have a real hard time classifying anything as my biggest moment, my favorite color or whatever. I’d have to say, though, that the Super Bowl was my greatest moment in sports, and it was also my most emotional moment.” – Troy Aikman
As the first overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft, Troy Aikman became the first Dallas rookie quarterback to start a season opener since Roger Staubach in 1969. He threw for a rookie-record 379 yards against the Phoenix Cardinals that season but the team went 1-15. He came back guns blazing in 1990. Aikman completed 226 of 399 passes for 2,579 yards and 11 touchdowns - the team finished 7-9. He went on to improve the team’s record the following year to 11-5 and made a playoff run.
1992 was the year of Aikman. Aikman reached the 10,000-yard passing mark, and his 302 completions were second most in team history. The Cowboys went 13-3 that season as they blazed through the playoffs straight to a Super Bowl victory. 52-17 over the Buffalo Bills – the Cowboys returned to glory. Aikman's 22 of 30 for 273 yards passing and four touchdowns earned him Super Bowl MVP honors.
The next three seasons are what the Cowboys are best known for –three consecutive 12-4 records and victories in Super Bowls XXVIII and XXX. With 90 wins in the 1990s, Aikman became the winningest starting quarterback of any decade in NFL history at the time of his retirement. His career statistics include 32,942 yards and 165 touchdowns for a passer rating of 81.6.
Aikman went on to become a commentator for the NFL on various telecasts. He is currently one of the commentators for NBC’s Sunday Night Football with Joe Buck. He also hosts a weekly sports radio show on Sporting New Radio and appears frequently on Dallas favorite Dunham & Miller radio show. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame just five years after retirement in 2006.
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Information via Pro Football Hall of Fame