While having the No. 1 pick is a luxury, it also is accompanied with a lot of pressure. But in 1989, with Jerry Jones just buying the team two months earlier and Jimmy Johnson on board as the new head coach, the Cowboys had a rather easy decision to make with the draft's first overall pick.
They made no secret of wanting UCLA's Troy Aikman, and in fact, had a contract executed the week of the draft.
And despite all the expectations placed on Aikman's shoulders, no one could've imagined how good he would become, or even dream of him leading the Cowboys to unprecedented heights over the next few years.
By Aikman's fifth NFL season, he had led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl titles, winning MVP of Super Bowl XXVII. In all, Aikman quarterbacked the Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories, six NFC East titles, into four NFC Championship games and ended up winning more games in the 90's (86) than any other quarterback in any other decade.
Aikman retired after the 2000 season, but he hasn't been forgotten. Along with being inducted into the Ring of Honor last September at Texas Stadium, Aikman is also headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, scheduled to be officially inducted with the Class of 2006 this August in Canton, Ohio.
Apr 26, 2006 at 10:16 AM
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