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August 8, 2010 by Post Team 

Dallas Cowboys Schedule, Former wide receiver Michael Irvin Dallas Cowboys spoke with former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, Troy Aikman this week in Irvin’s radio show on WQAM-AM in Miami before his partner and friend joined Emmitt Smith them in the Hall of Fame. Some excerpts:
Irvin co-host Kevin Kiley: Troy, first of all, I am honored to be in the same room with Michael all the time and know you guys, but the Twins are going to complete this week’s Hall of Fame. Emmitt will enter the three of you will be in the Hall of Fame. What does that mean to you personally?

Troy Aikman: Well, it’s pretty special. Michael and I were laughing the other day when we knew pretty early on that Emmitt was the Hall of Fame. So if the triplets is going to be the big question was, well, they are Troy and Michael will end up getting there. Fortunately, we’re already in and now I knew then that Emmitt would complete the triangle for us. It’s going to be fun. I’m excited about Emmitt, because Michael and I know what a weekend it is rewarding. Reward yourself, but I think the most important is an opportunity for you to recognize and show appreciation for those who made it possible. People who do not know. People going back to when he began playing the game of football and taught you how to put on the shoulder pads and all those fundamental aspects that are important as you grow as an athlete. The fact that people like Emmitt will be there, that’s a great feeling. As for me, to be there in Canton this weekend to get a chance to run into a lot of former teammates, guys who have not seen in a long time and remember what they were very good years for us. It really is a family an opportunity to have a family reunion if you want and laugh all the good times and some of the struggles. To relive all that is going to be amazing. At the end of the weekend, we have the opportunity to recognize that we all just got very old and I can not do more and move in life. It will be a great weekend. I am very excited about it.

Kevin Kiley: Troy, we all know the three of you descripteion – Emmitt was a mill and an unbelievable back, down to earth “, a type of energy, courage, Michael was extravagant, were a great coach and a leader and all those things. What were the things that the three had in common that has been done successfully, the similarities between the three?

Troy Aikman: I think it was two things. I think that, one, individually we all wanted to be great. Whatever it was in the background. Michael has been a lot of history, growing up with 18 brothers and sisters. You fight and you are wanting to get recognized. You’re trying to go to places you’ve never seen before and have in himself of certain situations and what the motivation is so that you can do that. Want to be great. Want to be different from those that are growing. For Emmitt as a lower rate and eager to prove he could be all those things I had dreamed of being, in spite of all these people were doubting him on the road. For me, I had dreams of being a professional athlete from as far as I can remember. I have always believed that hard work could go. I think, number one, individually we all had the desire to separate from the herd and be great. That motivated us. After that, I’d say just hated losing. We often talk of our team as if it were just us three. We share that, but our team was formed by a great group of guys who just hated to lose. They were competitive, they were all big boys. That’s what made it so much fun. It was a team that enjoyed playing with others. That’s part of it that really look back and smile. It was a team that had some talent – no doubt – but it was not as talented as what many people would like for you to believe. And I say that respectfully, because I do not think talent alone is why I won. We won because we had a group of boys who did not like losing and individually they all wanted to be great players for a variety of reasons.

Irvin co-host Kevin Kiley: Troy, I know that some years there was a rumor – I think it was the Eagles – you can return. How close are you coming back and how hard it was a decision at that time?

Troy Aikman: Well, I was a couple of years out of the game at that time. Donovan McNabb had a broken leg. He had received a call from the Eagles. They were waiting for me to sign with them and then report to Philadelphia the next day and out of broadcasting. You know, I gave a little consideration. I talked to a couple of people who really respect and end of the day I said, ‘Wow, I can not go to Philadelphia for five or six games or when Donovan is healthy again and then really something to do with football or I can follow this job I have now you want to hear for a long time. “It was not much of a decision for me in that situation, but a year later I had a club that came to me as soon as the season began and asked me if I would consider coming out of retirement and play for them. It was a situation that would have been ideal. The coaches were familiar to me. It was a team that I anticipated would be pretty good. And I started working out this summer my third year as if I was going to make a comeback and give it one last shot and see I could do. At the end of the day, general manager of the club could not pull the trigger, so it never happened. Probably, in retrospect, was a good thing, because that team did not go ahead and have nearly the success that many people had expected.

Michael Irvin: Well, I’m glad you did not, Troy. It would hurt my feelings to see another man catching those passes.

Troy Aikman: Oh, you’re going to have to go with me. I was going to tell you that once I signed.

Michael Irvin: Troy, you talk about Sam Bradford. No. 1 selection, and get 50 million guaranteed. Sam and I see many of you in it. … You went through a lot of hits its first year. At any time in its first year, with all those bags that hits you bad team we had, did you ever reach a point where you were having doubts and questions with confidence?

Troy Aikman: You know, Mike, is a good question. I think probably there are plenty of people out there listening to the show that I think the athletes are so tough-minded and never doubts or insecurities are, but I think we all do. Everyone has insecurities about certain things and I did, so the first year. It is always a bit of the question, okay, I have everything you need to take the step and the jump from college to professional football. Then when you get a start as we did – I was 0-11 as a starter. There were some games I’ve played very, very poor and gave our team a chance to win. But there were other games where I felt I had played well and yet still did not come off the field with a victory. So would any self-doubt from time to time. I was lucky that Jerry Rome, which, as you know, was our quarterback coach, I just do not allow myself the question. He was constantly being built, probably even to the point where I was making half the time. Just to say, you’re going to be big, do not worry, just keep doing what you’re doing, you’re doing well. So I never hit the depths of despair that some may think. Fortunately, I began to have some moderate success the following year. But that’s the important thing, that’s what will be important to Sam, which is important for Matthew Stafford in Detroit and of course there Chad Henne in Miami. These young guys do not have experience to use when they go through struggles, to say, hey, I’ve proved I can play a lot in this league. These young guys, they have to have some successes that occur at the beginning of his career, at least moderate success just so they can begin to believe.

Kevin Kiley: How difficult or different is the second year, the second year of a starting quarterback in the NFL?

Troy Aikman: For me, the beginning of my second year was more difficult, because – he said to Michael the other day when we did an interview – I’m sure he felt the same when he came to Dallas – where he joined the Cowboys , which were the worst team in the league last year. They had won three games. So it was drafted and had come in. It’s hard as a newbie to actually take ownership of why the team is so bad, because they were bad before they get there, when you are the number one overall pick. But that second year, is when you do begin to take ownership and you say, God, this is now at my watch and I am part of the problem if we do not have this thing going in the right direction. We are worse off as a crime. We were the last ranked offense in the National Football League. At that time there were 28 teams in the league and are 28th in the standings. That was demoralizing for a quarterback who wanted to be part of the solution. Fortunately, later that year we began to win games and finished the season with a very high note. Then the following year brought us Norv Turner and reached the playoffs. The second year of each player, but especially for a quarterback is when you expect good things to start to happen. With that, I think there is more pressure on quarterbacks entering their second year as a starter then there’s just the first season.

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