Troy Aikman has G.M. aspirations but doesn’t envision it with Cowboys

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Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman already has had a successful second career. Aikman, 53, now is thinking about a third career.

Aikman, an NFL analyst for Fox since 2001, said Tuesday he sees “another frontier” in an NFL front office.

“It’s something that I guess I’ve always somewhat entertained,” Aikman said, on 1310 The Ticket. “I’ve had a chance to talk with [Broncos General Manager] John Elway in previous years. I’ve visited with [49ers General Manager] John Lynch, and the decision that he made to take on that job in San Francisco, and I’ve said many many times, I still believe there’s another frontier for me — maybe there’s not — but I believe that there is, and I think that might very well be it. It’s something that I think would be very challenging. I’d be giving up a lot to leave the job that I have to take on a role like that. It’s an all-consuming job and I certainly recognize that, but I think the challenge would make it worthwhile.

“Now whether or not I’m ever afforded that opportunity, we’ll see, but with each year that passes, the likelihood of it happening becomes less and less. I understand that more and more teams want to go young and kind of groom somebody that’s gonna be there for the long haul, but relatively speaking, I’ve got a lot of great years left and I feel that having been in a championship locker room and knowing what that looks like, what that feels like, and then I guess my job now as a broadcaster, I’ve been in those organizations.”

Aikman knows, as everyone knows, if he becomes a General Manager it will not happen in Dallas. Jerry Jones is the owner and General Manager and defended his double role on his own radio show earlier Tuesday.

“I doubt it. I mean, I think that’s a real long shot,” Aikman said of being the Cowboys’ G.M. “I believe that it’s unlikely that Jerry will ever bring somebody in that can help this football team in that regard just because he’s been real stubborn and steadfast, in that he’s the one in charge. I think in a lot of ways until that changes, this team’s going to have some problems. Would he ever ask me to come be a part of it? I think that’d be a real leap of faith. I don’t envision that happening, and I don’t envision it happening at any point, quite honestly, no matter who’s in charge out there.”

Jones said Tuesday that he has never talked to Aikman about his G.M. aspirations.

33 responses to “Troy Aikman has G.M. aspirations but doesn’t envision it with Cowboys

  1. I think he’d do a great job, given the right team. He has real football knowledge and can see players strengths and weaknesses. He also seems like a no bs kind of guy too, and that is what you would want when looking for a GM. I hope someone takes a chance on him. It worked for Lynch.

  2. Jerry isn’t gonna be around forever Troy, and his son Stephen is smarter than people give him credit for he’s just stuck taking orders from the old man, but the minute Jerry is out of the picture you can be sure that Stephen will go looking for a real GM, because he knows that’s one of the things that’s been holding this team back since 1997….Maybe next year Cowboys fans maybe next year….Just wait you’ll see it could possibly be next year….Next year

  3. .
    how does troy aikman still function???
    he was getting 2+ concussions a year, the sure 2 a year were always against the giants.

  4. Wow. Knowing Dan Snyder’s penchant for making a splash, it’s totally conceivable he’d let go Bruce Allen leave the GM role in favor of a name like Aikman. Just wow!

  5. I think he could be legitimate GM.

    He’s smart, well spoken, knows the game, and seems level headed. Has championship experience as a player. Dealt with his teammates egos in his own locker room and led them to super bowls. Also knows how the successful teams around the league are running their franchises and build unity.

    All important qualities. Just needs to make sure he surrounds himself with assistants that have previous front office experience.

  6. Troy is waiting for Bill O’Brien to get the boot from Houston so he can become the new Texans GM.

  7. How about come into a front office and start as a scout, like nearly everyone does. Learn the nuances of scouting, what to look for and why. Learn how to write scouting reports. Learn about the cap. Learn about building a team. Put the long hours in like most do. Rather than pray that a coach makes you a figure head GM with no front office experience (Lynch,Elway). Not like Lynch is making any decisions, He works for Kyle who has final say, but why ask for a million dollar job. The good ole American way is working for it

  8. John Elway obviously had a history in Denver. John Lynch is very smart and level headed but his hire was an all time fluke.

    It seems from his comments that Troy just wants to be given the job without putting in the time to earn the position like most GM’s do. I would say it’s very unlikely he ever just gets handed a NFL franchise to run.

  9. So when he goes back to broadcasting after a stint as a GM he can start every comment with “back in my general managering days…”

  10. Anything to get this guy out of the booth. Boring and says nothing worth while plus he doesn’t know the modern offenses. Good luck at being a GM Troy but I don’t see it.

  11. I always thought Aikman would be a great head coach, even though I know superstars never become coaches. I have no idea how he’d be as a GM.

  12. I pray that Troy Aikman gets an NFL front office job ASAP. He would immediately join my pantheon of favorite GMs, along with Matt Millen and John Lynch.

  13. He realized that he has bored football fans enough with his monotone speaking that he wants to get out of trying to be an interesting broadcaster. I praise his decision on behalf of the American public. However, there are no viable candidates to replace him that would brings excitement and insight to the sport. He is jealous of John Elway. Good luck in finding a GM job.

  14. I like how candidly he speaks about Jerry. Troy knows HE is the main problem (yeah, 24 years without a Super Bowl appearance, but Jerry wants everyone to know he is still the one that makes all the decisions) and Troy isn’t afraid to voice that. I think Troy would change the culture of the Cowboys organization…and maybe that would translate to winning.

  15. Clinton Barnett says:
    December 11, 2019 at 2:23 am
    Couldn’t be worse than elway

    Yeah, 5 Division Champs in a row, 2 trips to the Superbowl, one Championship. Jealous much?

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