Dec. 9, 2008
Troy Aikman, who earned All-America honors and led UCLA to a record of 20-4 and two bowl victories during his two seasons as the starting quarterback, was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame on Tuesday night in New York City.
The National Football Foundation Awards dinner was held Tuesday (Dec. 9) night at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The black-tie event honored several award winners, including the 2008 College Hall of Fame class.
UCLA was represented at the event by athletic director Dan Guerrero, head football coach Rick Neuheisel, former head coach and Hall of Famer Terry Donahue and several athletic department administrators. Earlier in the day, UCLA hosted Aikman and his wife Rhonda at a private lunch.
Aikman, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, 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.
Aikman played 12 seasons (1989-2000) with the Dallas Cowboys and became the first quarterback in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span. Following his NFL career, he began a broadcasting career and is the No. 1 NFL analyst on FOX's NFC football package. He also hosts a weekly radio show, has several businesses in the Dallas area and runs the Troy Aikman Foundation.
The 2008 Hall of Fame Class inducted at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner, includes Aikman, Billy Cannon (LSU), Jim Dombrowski (UVA), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Wilber Marshall (Florida), Rueben Mayes (Washington State), Randall McDaniel (ASU), Don McPherson (Syracuse), Jay Novacek (Wyoming), Dave Parks (Texas Tech), Ron Simmons (Florida State), Thurman Thomas (Oklahoma State), Arnold Tucker (Army), Coach John Cooper (Tulsa, ASU, Ohio State) and Coach Lou Holtz (William & Mary, NC State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame, South Carolina).