8 - Troy Aikman
1989 - 2000
6 time Pro Bowl...1991 - 96
1 time All Pro...1993
Super Bowl XXVII MVP
Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 9/19/05
Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 8/6/06
Link to Troy Aikman's Ring of Honor page.
In 12 NFL seasons, Troy Aikman became one of the game's great quarterbacks. As one of only three players in NFL history to lead a team to three Super Bowl victories, Aikman has rewritten virtually every passing record in Cowboys' history. He closed his career with 94 regular season wins, including 90 in the decade of the 1990s -- making him the winningest starting quarterback of any decade in NFL history (Joe Montana held the record with 86 wins in the 1980s). Along with that mark, Aikman holds or is tied for 47 Dallas passing records, including the club's career records for attempts (4,715), completions (2,898), passing yards (32,942), touchdowns (165) and completion percentage (61.5% - third best in NFL history at the time of his retirement). He also posted a club-high 13 regular season 300-yard passing games during his career.
Aikman retired from the game as the NFL's 15th ranked passer all-time with a quarterback rating of 82.6. Along the way to these marks, Aikman guided Dallas from the National Football League cellar of 1-15 in 1989 to six NFC East titles (1992-96 and 1998), four NFC Championship Games (1992-95) and three Super Bowl titles (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX). He was one of the game's most accurate passers, completing at least 60 percent of his passes in 98-of-165 career games (59.4% of his games).
In the postseason, he reached the 60% completion mark in 12-of-16 games (75%). He completed 70 percent or more of his passes (min. 20 attempts) 41 times in his career, with Dallas posting a 37-5 record in those games, and he produced the top six single-season completion percentages in club history. With that passing accuracy, Aikman was able to establish a club-record with a career interception rate to 2.99%.
Although not known for his fleet feet, Aikman successfully ran for a first down 49-of-72 times on third or fourth down during career. That ability to avoid the sack also allowed him to post the highest career pass attempts per sack ratio (19.2) in team history. Despite winning just one of his first 15 NFL starts, Aikman went on to start a club-record 180 games (165 regular season) at quarterback and post a 105-75 (.583) record, which includes an impeccable 11-4 mark in the postseason - 3-0 in the Super Bowl.
For his career, Aikman led the Cowboys from behind 16 times in the fourth quarter, including six times in the final two minutes. Another six times, he led the team to wins after the score was tied in the fourth quarter. Five of his game-winning drives came in overtime. In those 22 wins, Aikman was 146-of-214 (68.2%) for 1,888 yards (8.82 per attempt), 11 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 107.0 quarterback rating in the fourth quarter and overtime. In the postseason Aikman truly shined.
His four 300-yard passing days were the third best total in NFL history (Montana-6, Fouts-5), and he holds the club records for postseason pass attempts (502), completions (320), yards (3,849), and completion percentage (63.7%). In addition, Aikman's 23 career postseason passing touchdowns was just one shy of Staubach's club record of 24.
Born November 21, 1966 in West Covina, California.
Link to Troy Aikman's Ring of Honor thread.