Troy Aikman reportedly not opposed to future Cowboys front office job
Dallas Cowboys legend and Hall of Famer Troy Aikman knows a lot about football. He was a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback with Dallas for 12 years, and he’s been broadcasting the sport as an analyst for 21 years. These days, it’s very common for former NFL players to become broadcasters. But another path for retired athletes is working in front offices throughout the league. Apparently, that other path was something that Aikman considered before entering the booth.
The three-time Super Bowl champion appeared on “The Ben and Skin Show” this week, and amongst many topics, the former Cowboys QB was asked about the possibility of working in a front office. When the quarterback first retired, he figured he’d go into being a color analyst for a couple of years before ultimately deciding to join a front office. Obviously, with over 20 years of broadcasting under his belt and a new contract with ESPN coming up, that plan didn’t exactly pan out.
Ben Rogers, a host of the show, told Aikman that he wanted him to become the new Cowboys GM and dethrone Jerry Jones – a wish many other fans have as well. Sadly, the Hall of Famer said he didn’t think being a GM was in the cards for him at this point, but he did not deny the opportunity to work in the Dallas front office in another capacity. Here’s what Aikman had to say about the choice to not take an executive position earlier in his career:
"“I thought my skills would be better used in the front office, but then my personal circumstances changed. And as I was talking about earlier with my girls, I became a single father when they were quite young and I was raising them and I just felt that it would be extremely selfish on my part to pursue a career as an executive knowing the amount of time that was required.”"
Cowboys legend Troy Aikman said he wouldn’t become the GM but is open to other front office positions in the NFL
While Aikman is a known Cowboys supporter, he always tries to be fair in his analysis and is even quick to give the team criticism when it’s earned. His honesty and advice would likely be a huge help to an organization that hasn’t won a Super Bowl since he was on the team.
Now 55, the NFL legend is more open to the idea given that his daughters are grown and out of the house. Aikman said that Dallas has not reached out to him for any kind of role, but to be fair, he just signed a five-year contract with ESPN. He also mentioned that he’d be open to joining another team, but did mention the Cowboys without being prompted. Regardless, a future where Aikman’s expertise is used to help this team could actually be a reality.
"“I could see having some kind of role to where I do think that I have something to offer that I think could really help a club if utilized and used the right way and if it was, it might be something down the road I would consider.”"