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Troy Aikman Joins National Football Foundation Board of Directors
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/09/2010

Feb. 9, 2010

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that six exceptional individuals, including UCLA alumnus and Hall of Fame member Troy Aikman, have accepted positions as members of its national board of directors. Joining 41 other active members of the prestigious board are:

Troy Aikman, Television Game Analyst, Fox Sports, 2008 College Football Hall of Famer from UCLA William "Bill" Battle, Founder, the Collegiate Licensing Company Timothy Cook, Chief Operating Officer, Apple Computer Robert L. Epling, President & CEO, Community Bank of Florida Jim Nantz, Television Broadcaster, CBS Sports T. Boone Pickens, Founder & Chairman, BP Capital

"It's an honor to welcome these six individuals to our board," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "If you were to name the top leaders in collegiate athletics and our nation's business communities, this group would be on everybody's short list. Their combined business acumen and knowledge of collegiate athletics will greatly aid in our ability to carry out our mission as we greatly expand our efforts on all fronts."

Founded in 1947 with leadership and support from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and renowned journalist Grantland Rice, the NFF serves as a leading voice in the promotion of amateur football and its ability to develop the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic achievement in America's young people.

"Adding individuals of this caliber to our national board reinforces our role as a driving force in the promotion of amateur football from border-to-border and coast-to-coast," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "As we celebrate the NFF's 63rd anniversary, this widely respected group of individuals will provide precious insight and guidance in our ability to promote everything right about our great game."

Aikman, a 2008 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame and a 2006 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has harnessed the drive and dedication that formed the foundation of his Hall of Fame football career in numerous successful business ventures since retiring from the game following the 2000 season. Through broadcasting, real estate, auto racing and The Troy Aikman Foundation, Aikman has quickly discovered numerous ways to keep himself occupied in "retirement".

After leaving the playing field, Aikman joined the NFL on FOX full-time as a game analyst on the network's No. 2 NFL team in 2001. He quickly displayed the accuracy and work ethic that marked his playing career and moved up to Fox's No. 1 broadcast crew prior to the 2002 season. Teamed with Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, the duo has impressed both critics and fans with the consistently entertaining and informative brand of coverage they provide. Highly skilled at succinctly illustrating action on the field, Aikman's contemporary analysis offers keen insight into the skill and pressure associated with playing in today's NFL. Aikman has twice been an Emmy nominee for his broadcasting efforts.

Away from the spotlight of network television, Aikman has also prospered in business. In March of 2006, he became a principal owner in Direct Development, a commercial retail real estate development company. Direct Development has completed projects totaling more than 2 million square feet and intends to increase that to 7 million over the next 2 years. The company already has 2.5 million square feet of shopping space under construction, and another 2.5 million square feet committed by 2010. Direct Development's recent growth has already made it one of the most active retail developers in the state of Texas.

Keeping his competitive juices flowing in the world of sports, Aikman teamed with another former Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback, Roger Staubach, to create Hall of Fame Racing in 2004. After securing a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with Texas Instruments, Hall of Fame Racing debuted the No. 96 DLP Technology car at the Daytona 500 in February, 2006.

Aikman began his career at Oklahoma but transferred to UCLA after two seasons. After redshirting in 1986, he started all 24 games of his career in 1987 and 1988, leading the Bruins to a record of 10-2 in each season. The Bruins tied for the Pac-10 title and won the Aloha Bowl in 1987 and won the Cotton Bowl following the 1988 season.

As a junior, Aikman earned second-team All-America honors. As a senior, he was the consensus All-America quarterback, won the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. A few months later, the Dallas Cowboys made him the No. 1 selection in the 1989 NFL Draft.

During his two years as a Bruin, Aikman completed 406 of 627 passes (64.8%) for 5,298 yards, 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. The 41 touchdowns rank No. 5 in UCLA history as do the 406 completions while the 5,298 yards rank sixth. His completion percentage (.648) ranks second in school history among players who have passed for at least 2,000 career yards.

As a junior, he completed 178 of 273 passes (65.2%) for 2,527 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. As a senior, he upped his totals to 228 completions (a school record at the time, still third on the single-season list) in 354 attempts (64.4%) for 2,771 yards (second at the time, still fifth), 24 touchdowns (a school record at the time, still tied for third) and nine interceptions.

During Aikman's 12-year NFL playing career, he set 45 Cowboys' passing records, including the club's career record for completions (2,898), passing yards (32,942), touchdowns (165) and completion percentage (61.3). While leading one of sports' most famous franchises, the Cowboys won six NFC East titles (1992-96 & 1998) and advanced to four NFC Championship Games (1992-1995). Aikman is one of only four quarterbacks to guide his team to victory in three Super Bowls (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX).

The Cowboys honor those who made outstanding contributions to the club by inducting them into the Ring of Honor and in September, 2005, Aikman along with former teammates Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith became the newest members of that prestigious group when their names were added to the wall at Texas Stadium.

Born Nov. 21, 1966, he was raised in Cerritos, California. At the age of 12, his family moved to Henryetta, Oklahoma where he went on to earn All-State honors at Henryetta High School. He and his wife, Rhonda, reside in Dallas with their three daughters: Rachel, Jordan and Alexa.


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