Jan. 12, 2006
Former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to three Super Bowls in a four-year span, is a finalist for the National Football League Hall of Fame.
Aikman and the late Reggie White were among the 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame announced Wednesday, joining Thurman Thomas and Warren Moon as finalists in their first year of eligibility.
Three to six of the finalists will be selected for the class of 2006, which will be announced Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl in Detroit. Enshrinement of the class will be the weekend of Aug. 5-6.
Aikman quarterbacked Dallas to Super Bowl titles between the 1992-1995 seasons. He was one of the league's most accurate passers and his 90 wins in the '90s make him the winningest starting quarterback of any decade.
"If I were to be selected for induction, it would be the most meaningful individual achievement of my athletic career," Aikman said Wednesday in a statement. "It's not something that I choose to spend a lot of time talking about, because I think that kind of talk is unfair to those men who have already earned their place in the Hall of Fame.
"I came into the NFL wanting nothing more than to win a championship. My career unfolded in a way that exceeded all expectations and I am grateful to those who helped me along the way and shared in that success."
During his two years at UCLA (1987 and 1988), he led the Bruins to a record of 20-4 (10-2 each season) and victories in the 1987 Aloha Bowl and the 1989 Cotton Bowl. He completed 406 of 627 passes (.648) for 5,298 yards and 41 touchdowns. He still ranks second in career completion percentage, fifth in touchdown passes and completions and sixth in passing yards despite playing just two seasons.