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Troy Aikman in NFL History

Troy Aikman (1966- ) led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles in the 1990s. After an impressive collegiate career at UCLA, Aikman became the first pick in the 1989 NFL draft. As a rookie, he started at quarterback for a woeful Dallas team that finished with an NFL-worst record of 1-15. Nevertheless, Aikman quickly improved, and the Cowboys improved with him; Aikman's fourth season ended with Dallas' first Super Bowl since the 1970s, and the Cowboys went on to win three out of four NFL championships in the mid-1990s. Aikman won election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

During Dallas's heyday in the mid-1990s, Troy Aikman commanded a fearsome Cowboys offense that also featured punishing running back Emmitt Smith (who would go on to become the NFL's all-time leading rusher) and explosive wide receiver Michael Irvin. Since being forced out of the NFL after suffering a series of concussions in 1999 and 2000, Aikman has built a successful broadcasting career as a football commentator for Fox Sports. In 2004, Aikman won an Emmy Award for his work in the broadcast booth.

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