Troy Aikman, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, Emmy nominated broadcaster, and entrepreneur, is FOX NFL’s lead game analyst, working alongside play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and sideline reporter Erin Andrews. Together with Buck, Aikman is part of the second-longest broadcast tandem to call NFL games. Aikman has harnessed his tenacity, drive, and dedication from the field to the broadcasting booth; and to numerous successful business ventures. Aikman recently announced the launch of his latest business venture in January 2022, EIGHT, a great-tasting elite light beer brewed with organic grains.
Since 1992, he has run The Troy Aikman Foundation, which builds playhouses for children’s hospitals. These “Child Life Zones” provide an interactive and therapeutic space for pediatric patients to interact with other kids at Children’s Hospitals across the country. Aikman, alongside Roger Staubach, has been the honorary co-chairs of the Children’s Cancer Fund Gala for over twenty years. Children’s Cancer Fund (CCF) champions kids in their fight against cancer through strategic investments in research and care in North Texas.
After being hit hard by the pandemic, Aikman wanted to give back to his hometown of Henryetta, Oklahoma. Troy Aikman’s Highway to Henryetta, set for Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Nichols Park. Headlined by Blake Shelton, the one-day music festival will raise money to benefit educational and community initiatives throughout the town.
In 2018, Aikman entered into the restaurant industry and opened Troy’s, a beer hall and eatery in the sports-focused city of Arlington.
He is also a former joint owner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing team, Hall of Fame Racing, and was a part-owner of the San Diego Padres.
In 2003, Aikman served as Wingstop’s national spokesperson. He became more than just the brand’s face in 2011; he was named to the board of directors.
During Aikman’s 12-year 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 the sports’ most famous franchises, the Cowboys won six NFC East titles (1992-96 and 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).
After retiring in 2000, Aikman was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 2006, his first year of eligibility.
Before joining the Cowboys, Aikman played two seasons at the University of Oklahoma (1984-85) before transferring to UCLA. While playing for the Bruins, Aikman passed for 5,298 yards and 41 touchdowns in two years. The All-American led UCLA to a 20-4 record during that span. In 1999, he was inducted into the UCLA Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2009 entered the College Football Hall of Fame. Selected by the Cowboys with the first overall selection in the 1989 NFL Draft, he became the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener for Dallas since Roger Staubach in 1969.
Born November 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 resides in Dallas, Texas, and has three daughters, Rachel, Jordan, and Ally.