Top 100 Troy Aikman Quotes

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“As a quarterback, your job is to move the football and win games, to be a leader on the field.”

― Troy Aikman

“Football is a tough game. It’s a tough game for tough people.”

― Troy Aikman

“Because the hash marks are narrower in the pros, the ball’s always closer to the middle of the field. So if you’re a defensive back, you can wait a lot longer before committing to a certain part of the field.”

― Troy Aikman

“I have a real hard time classifying anything as my biggest moment, my favorite color or whatever.”

― Troy Aikman

“I wish there was a switch that I could flip, where no one knows me. And then, when I’m ready to make a splash, I’d flip the switch and say, ‘Hey, I’m ready now.’ Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’m not here to propel myself into the limelight. I’m here to win a football game. If I am propelled into the limelight, I want it to be because of what I do on the football field, not because of some grand marketing strategy.”

― Troy Aikman

“When I work a Cowboys game, my social media will blow up with, ‘Hey, don’t forget who you played for,’ or, ‘You traitor.’”

― Troy Aikman

“I was 0-11 as a starter, and there were times when I walked off the field wondering if I’d ever win a game in the NFL.”

― Troy Aikman

“I always play every game in my mind before it begins. A lot of times in a game, a play will happen, and it will feel like deja vu, like I’ve seen the play happen before in my mind.”

― Troy Aikman

“I was 22 my rookie year.”

― Troy Aikman

“I don’t think I can fully explain what happens when you take on the role of quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Sometimes, I can’t even explain it to myself.”

― Troy Aikman

“I had two concussions that were of major concern, what I would term very significant. As far as head injury goes, I would say all of the others were pretty minor and inconsequential.”

― Troy Aikman

“I consider myself to be one of the really, really fortunate ones to have gotten out of the game as healthy as I did.”

― Troy Aikman

“I have an idea of marriage as being a sharing type of deal.”

― Troy Aikman

“In college, I was making a lot of presnap reads. It was much easier.”

― Troy Aikman

“I don’t want to be the poster boy for head injury. I shouldn’t be the poster boy for head injury. I have really tried to distance myself from that.”

― Troy Aikman

“I believe success is achieved by acquiring and developing talented, respected, and credible individuals, none of which applies to Skip Bayless.”

― Troy Aikman

“There are not many Chicagos, where people go out and support their sports teams, whether they are struggling or not.”

― Troy Aikman

“As the equipment has gotten better – and it’s gotten better in an attempt to try to protect the player more – then the equipment becomes used more as a weapon.”

― Troy Aikman

“It’s who you get to share life with, not the actual experiences, that makes living so worthwhile.”

― Troy Aikman

“When you start looking at guys like Brett Favre, for instance, and other great quarterbacks that have played – Peyton Manning – you say, ‘Gosh, how will these guys be replaced?’”

― Troy Aikman

“My 21st birthday was probably the worst day of my life.”

― Troy Aikman

“I sometimes get frustrated with how important Dallas Cowboys’ football is to people. It’s extremely important to me, too, but football is what I do.”

― Troy Aikman

“I didn’t know anybody who went to Rangers games. Then, when they started winning and going to World Series, everybody’s wearing Rangers hats.”

― Troy Aikman

“The thing I’ve always liked about the playoffs is the finality of it and knowing there’s so much importance on every play.”

― Troy Aikman

“As a kid, I used to practice my signature, working on the way I wanted to sign my autograph.”

― Troy Aikman

“If head coaches weren’t important to the success of a team, then owners wouldn’t fire them all the time.”

― Troy Aikman

“Winning is hard. Repeating is harder.”

― Troy Aikman

“They portray me as a hick just because I enjoy some of the things people in Oklahoma like. I think people expect me to come out wearing my boots and spurs.”

― Troy Aikman

“Most people assume you change with success.”

― Troy Aikman

“I do not have a son; if I had a son, I wouldn’t necessarily discourage him from playing football, but I don’t know that I would encourage him to play, either.”

― Troy Aikman

“As long as we’re wearing helmets and shoulder pads – there’s collisions between these big, physical, fast guys – head injuries are going to be a part of it.”

― Troy Aikman

“The one thing disappointing I had coming out of college was not playing in the Rose Bowl.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’m looking forward to being a supporter of the Dallas Cowboys. I want to watch them win another Super Bowl.”

― Troy Aikman

“Broadcasting keeps you relevant.”

― Troy Aikman

“Not long ago, every time I did a picture shoot for a magazine, the photographer would ask me to show up wearing jeans and cowboy boots. They seemed to think I was a hillbilly. Now it’s different. Now they’re not quite sure what to make of me. And I show up wearing whatever I want.”

― Troy Aikman

“I always have been comfortable with my opinions and how I feel about the play on the field, and how it should be done and how teams should go about playing the game.”

― Troy Aikman

“It’s not always statistics that determine the best player, especially the quarterback.”

― Troy Aikman

“Whenever anybody has talked about concussions, they immediately talk about me and Steve Young.”

― Troy Aikman

“I would bet you that even though people think I absorbed an inordinate number of head injuries, I’d say relative to the number of guys who have played this game, I would say that my head injuries were relatively small.”

― Troy Aikman

“It is relatively easy… to determine whether or not a blow to a quarterback was deemed excessive or incidental. So I’m discouraged that there have been a number of games that are influenced – not that the outcomes are in question – but a number of games influenced based on the protection of the quarterback.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’m not a guy who needs the spotlight. It’s not something I have to have. I’m content to sit at home.”

― Troy Aikman

“I don’t try to please anybody. I try to win.”

― Troy Aikman

“I think it’s nice to win awards, but my goal is not to win the Heisman: it’s to get to the Rose Bowl.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’m a drop-back passer, and those seldom win Heismans.”

― Troy Aikman

“Playing a rookie at quarterback tells the other players that you’re giving up the season.”

― Troy Aikman

“As long as we’re having contact and as long as there are collisions, there’s going to be head injuries. What the long-term consequences are of that, we’re beginning to learn, and that definitely will have an impact on the game as we know it.”

― Troy Aikman

“A lot of coaches and players get so tunnel-visioned that when they do have some time off, they spend it concentrating on the game.”

― Troy Aikman

“I don’t think Dallas has ever really had a great home field advantage.”

― Troy Aikman

“I handled myself as a quarterback in the manner I thought necessary.”

― Troy Aikman

“As a player, you can’t express ideas and opinions as easily as when you’re doing a ballgame.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’ve always known football.”

― Troy Aikman

“As a former player, I have a real appreciation for a guy like Aaron Rodgers and how much time he puts into his craft and how good he is doing it.”

― Troy Aikman

“I have often said social media is a race to the bottom.”

― Troy Aikman

“The one thing about being an athlete, say you are struggling with throwing a comeback route, well, then you go out and practice it. You throw it 100 times a day, and you get better at it, and you see those improvements pretty rapidly.”

― Troy Aikman

“I just think Cam Newton is a guy who doesn’t get overwhelmed by the moment. He seems to thrive in the spotlight.”

― Troy Aikman

“The year we went to our first Super Bowl in 1992, we were the youngest team in football. We played in the Super Bowl against a team that had a wealth of playoff experience and Super Bowl experience, and we dominated that football game.”

― Troy Aikman

“I have been playing this game since I was 7 years old, and to all of a sudden recognize that you’re not going to do it anymore is hard.”

― Troy Aikman

“A lot of people believe that I retired from the game of football because of concussions – that is not accurate. I really retired primarily because of a degenerative back condition that I had.”

― Troy Aikman

“I don’t know if I want to be 65 or 67, still broadcasting games. But, why not? What else are you going to do?”

― Troy Aikman

“Years ago, the NFL influenced what happened in college. It’s the other way around now.”

― Troy Aikman

“It’s one thing if you’re a part of teams that won five championships. But it’s an extremely different argument if you’re a big reason for those championships.”

― Troy Aikman

“I didn’t know any hockey fans in Dallas.”

― Troy Aikman

“I am not too open of a person. I don’t really understand why someone holding a notepad and pen thinks he can ask me anything and then is offended when I don’t answer.”

― Troy Aikman

“My father was not a man you wanted to mess with.”

― Troy Aikman

“Look, the only way for me to enjoy the game is to be consumed by it, to compete at a level where I know, at the end of that game, that my teammates and I did our absolute best.”

― Troy Aikman

“I dwell in the past.”

― Troy Aikman

“If you do anything with the Cowboys, there’s an interest in it. And there are people who constantly want to write books about our teams in the ’90s. They want to interview me. I say, ‘Look, I’ve done it a million times. I’m just not interested. What’s left to tell?’”

― Troy Aikman

“You can’t just can’t simply replace head coaches and say, ‘Now it’s going to be better.’”

― Troy Aikman

“Hey, I’m big-boned.”

― Troy Aikman

“Working with someone who’s got your best interest at heart can make all the difference.”

― Troy Aikman

“It’s not important to me that everyone knows everything about me or that I reveal all that I am or have.”

― Troy Aikman

“I know what a championship locker room looks like, what a championship team requires.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’ve never gotten into anything that I didn’t feel I’d be successful doing.”

― Troy Aikman

“The only way you’re gonna eliminate helmet-to-helmet contact is to take the helmets off. Go back to leather helmets. I mean, I think a defensive player would be much less inclined to lead with his head if he had no protection.”

― Troy Aikman

“When you stand and talk about player safety, and then, at the same time, you want to extend the season two more games, there’s a contradiction in there.”

― Troy Aikman

“It doesn’t matter how tough you are. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or what a great leader you are. None of that stuff matters if you can’t put the ball where you have to put it.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’ve said for many, many years, as long as I can ever remember, when I’m asked, ‘Hey, what do you look for first in a quarterback?’ The first thing I look for is accuracy, because the rest of it doesn’t matter.”

― Troy Aikman

“To say, ‘I don’t worry about perception,’ you better worry about perception because it’s a big part of making it through some very difficult times.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’ll never forget when I was 12 years old. I couldn’t wait until the day I was 16 and could drive a car. I thought that’d be the end of life’s problems. I mean, you can drive! What is there left? And then I turned 16 and realized there were still problems.”

― Troy Aikman

“I believe – and this is my opinion – that at some point, football is not going to be the No. 1 sport. You talk about the ebbs and flows of what’s popular and what’s not. At some point, the TV ratings are not going to be there.”

― Troy Aikman

“At one time, watching football was an event. Monday Night Football was a big event.”

― Troy Aikman

“What I am is a direct result of how I was raised.”

― Troy Aikman

“I don’t understand why guys want to be controversial and in the press all the time. It’s just not my nature.”

― Troy Aikman

“I think having won a Super Bowl puts you on a different level. I know, for me, it’s extremely important to win this ballgame.”

― Troy Aikman

“As a quarterback, I appreciated the passer rating whether you threw the ball a majority of the time or if you didn’t throw it as much. You were judged on a level playing field, and I thought teams should be ranked similarly.”

― Troy Aikman

“The quarterback I enjoy watching the most is Dan Marino.”

― Troy Aikman

“I think when the cameras are on him is when Coach Switzer is at his best.”

― Troy Aikman

“Most of the pressure, if not all, is self-imposed.”

― Troy Aikman

“If you’re healthy and you’re told that you’re capable of playing and the medical staff signs off on it, to me, you play because that’s what you are paid to do.”

― Troy Aikman

“Some coaches don’t want their players to be the stars. They want their systems to be the stars.”

― Troy Aikman

“I think I’m a harder critic on myself than anybody is. I think I judge myself harder than any of the coaches do.”

― Troy Aikman

“I probably would have played baseball if I had stayed in California… But I like Oklahoma better now. Football is bigger here. It’s more exciting, anyway.”

― Troy Aikman

“I will always root for the Sooners.”

― Troy Aikman

“No matter what happens for the rest of my career, at least I can say I took my team to a Super Bowl, and I was able to win.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’m happy to do some endorsements if I believe in the product. You’re only in this game a short time, and you want to collect the money while you can.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’ve lived in Texas now longer than anywhere and then California and then Oklahoma, but yet Oklahoma is what I consider home.”

― Troy Aikman

“You get down on yourself. You get disappointed in yourself. I expect more out of myself. As far as losing confidence as far as what I can do, that won’t ever happen.”

― Troy Aikman

“I was brought up not to brag. I’ve always disliked people who do.”

― Troy Aikman

“I’m not an open person. Something’s really got to be troubling me to have heart to heart talks with anybody.”

― Troy Aikman
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