Troy Aikman is one of the only NFL players in history to lead a team into more than one Super Bowl victory. This great football player has also used his fame and motivational techniques to author a book that benefits children throughout the country.
After being drafted number one in the NFL draft by the Cowboys in 1989, Troy Aikman led the cowboys to Super Bowl championships in Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII, and XXX. Troy Aikman led teams played in four consecutive NFC championships from 1992-1995, won six NFC east titles, including five consecutive, and he was the 10th rated lifetime passer going into the 2000 season. His 61.6% lifetime passing percentage going into the 2000 season was the third highest in NFL history, and in the 1990’s he became the winningest quarterback in any decade ever.
He has also been recognized for his work for and with children. On January 22, 1998, he received one of professional football’s highest honors when he was named NFL man of the year. In large part the honor came because of his Troy Aikman Foundation, which was founded in 1992 “to provide financial support for the physical, psychological, social and educational needs of dependent children whose needs are not being met, either in whole or part, by any other viable resource.”
NFL president Neil Austrian said the award emphasizes the “dual importance” of a player’s contributions on and off the field. “Troy Aikman personifies the ideal leadership on the playing field and in the community,” Austrian said.
Currently his charity is involved in establishing Aikman’s End Zone playrooms in children’s hospitals. Money from his fan club and his children’s book, “Things Change,” benefit the foundation. The book was the best-selling children’s sport’s book in 1995 and sold more than 100,000 copies.
The first playroom was established in 1996 at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, with a grant of $250,000 from the foundation and in-kind donations of technology and products. The area had an 8-foot replica of his helmet, a theater, with a seven-foot by five- foot screen and a laser disc screen. There were also 1200 fiber optic stars on the ceiling, an interactive computer network and a saltwater aquarium with exotic fish.
Troy Aikman has had many accomplishments in his life in football, acting and even singing. In addition to the pro football accomplishments, such as championships, Pro Bowls and passing records, he had many honors in college football. He was the third highest rated passer in college history and was a Heisman Trophy finalist . As an actor, Troy Aikman played himself in the movie, “Jerry Maguire,” and stared in several television episodes and series including, “The Simpsons,” in which he played himself, “King of the Hill,” playing himself,” and “Coach,” playing himself. He also recorded a song on “NFL Country,” with country star Toby Keith and made other recordings on various records.
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