Troy Aikman To Be Honored on Saturday
Feb. 2, 2009
UCLA alumnus Troy Aikman will be honored at halftime of this Saturday's men's basketball game versus Notre Dame. The game will be televised by CBS (10:00 am PT).
Aikman was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame during ceremonies at New York's Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 9. Due to his broadcast schedule for FOX Television, Aikman was unable to be honored at halftime of a Bruin football game, and it was decided to honor him this weekend.
National Football Foundation Chief Operating Officer Matthew Sign will be on hand for the halftime presentation, as will Bruin athletic director Dan Guerrero and Aikman's UCLA head coach, Terry Donahue.
Aikman, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, began his career at Oklahoma but transferred to UCLA after two seasons. After redshirting in 1986, he started all 24 games of his career in 1987 and 1988, leading the Bruins to a record of 10-2 in each season. The Bruins tied for the Pac-10 title and won the Aloha Bowl in 1987 and won the Cotton Bowl following the 1988 season.
As a junior, Aikman earned second-team All-America honors. As a senior, he was the consensus All-America quarterback, won the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. A few months later, the Dallas Cowboys made him the No. 1 selection in the 1989 NFL Draft.
During his two years as a Bruin, Aikman completed 406 of 627 passes (64.8%) for 5,298 yards, 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. The 41 touchdowns rank No. 5 in UCLA history as do the 406 completions while the 5,298 yards rank sixth. His completion percentage (.648) ranks second in school history among players who have passed for at least 2,000 career yards.
As a junior, he completed 178 of 273 passes (65.2%) for 2,527 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. As a senior, he upped his totals to 228 completions (a school record at the time, still third on the single-season list) in 354 attempts (64.4%) for 2,771 yards (second at the time, still fifth), 24 touchdowns (a school record at the time, still tied for third) and nine interceptions.
Aikman played 12 seasons (1989-2000) with the Dallas Cowboys and became the first quarterback in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span. Following his NFL career, he began a broadcasting career and is the No. 1 NFL analyst on FOX's NFC football package. He also hosts a weekly radio show, has several businesses in the Dallas area and runs the Troy Aikman Foundation.
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