Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
May 25, 2006
Senate Honors Troy Aikman
The State Senate has passed a resolution honoring the
outstanding career of professional football player, Troy Aikman. Senate
Resolution 53, authored by Senator Frank
Shurden, praises Aikman's athletic prowess throughout his high school,
college and professional football career and congratulates him for being
selected as an inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
“It is such an honor for me to author this resolution because
not only is Troy an outstanding athlete, but he’s a close personal
friend of our family,” said Shurden, D-Henryetta. “I’ve
known him ever since he moved to Henryetta as a young boy and it has
been a great joy watching him grow up, excel in sports and become the
outstanding man he is today.”
Aikman was twelve when his family moved from southern California to
Henryetta, Oklahoma. He was an outstanding athlete making All-State
in both football and baseball. During his last three seasons with the
Henryetta Fighting Hens High School football team, he became a prime
candidate for college football recruitment. Although he was drafted
by the New York Mets to play baseball, Troy signed to play football
at the University of Oklahoma.
He later transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles
(UCLA) where he had an outstanding college football career which included
him leading the team to two bowl game victories. He was named PAC-10
Player of the Year in 1987 and was a consensus First Team All-American
in 1988. He received the Davey O’Brien Award and finished third
in Heisman Trophy balloting.
In 1989, Aikman was the first player selected in the National Football
League (NFL) draft. As quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, he led the
team to three Super Bowl Championships in a four-year period. In his
years playing in the NFL, Aikman held or tied 47 Dallas Cowboy passing
records passing for 300 yards or more in 13 regular seasons and four
playoff games. He also set a NFL record by winning 90 out of 94 games
in ten years during the 1990s. During his career, he was selected to
participate in six consecutive Pro Bowls.
After retiring from the NFL, Aikman joined the Fox network as a color
commentator - receiving an Emmy nomination in 2004 and covering the
2005 Super Bowl.
“I just can’t describe how proud my family and I are of
Troy. He hasn’t let his fame change him,” said Shurden.
“He’s still a gentleman and the most humble person you’ll
For more information, contact:
Senator Shurden's Office: (405) 521-5588