Position Series: Ryan Might Be Only First-Round QB

! While having the No. 1 pick is a luxury, it also is accompanied with a lot of pressure. But in 1989, with Jerry Jones having just bought 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 have imagined how good he would become, or even dream of him leading the Cowboys to unprecedented heights over the next few years before eventually landing in Canton.
In his first five seasons, he 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.

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