Dallas Cowboys: 15 greatest quarterbacks in franchise history

Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images)
Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images) /
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Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys
Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Allsport/Getty Images) /

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. QB. (1989-00). TroyAikman. player. 2. 123

No other quarterback in Cowboys history had the kind of success that Troy Aikman did during his career. The No. 1 overall pick in 1989, Aikman was the first draft pick of the Jerry Jones era and was one-third of the famous “Triplets” — which consisted of Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Michael Irvin.

That trio led to the Cowboys forming one of the most dominant dynasties of all time, as they were a force during the early 1990s.

Of course, it wasn’t easy right out of the gates for Aikman. As a rookie, he started 11 games and lost every one of them. He also threw 18 interceptions, while managing only nine touchdown passes. He followed that up with a 7-8 campaign that saw him throw 11 touchdowns and 18 picks.

He started to turn things around in 1991 but had his breakout in 1992 after fending off Steve Beuerlein. That year, Dallas went 13-3 and Aikman led the Cowboys to their third Super Bowl win in franchise history, as they completely throttled the Buffalo Bills.

Aikman and the Cowboys were able to repeat as Super Bowl champions by once again knocking off Buffalo in the 1993 season. They then missed the Super Bowl in 1994 before making it back after a successful 1995 campaign that saw them knock off the Pittsburgh Steelers for their fifth Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.

When he retired, Aikman was first in every major statistical category for Dallas quarterbacks. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Aikman is still a big part of the NFL as one of the premier broadcasters in the sport. He is the lead NFL analyst for FOX, calling games alongside Joe Buck in the booth.