Troy Aikman barely had any embarrassing moments throughout his 12-year career in the NFL. Aikman made six Pro Bowls and won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, and he was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
But the Cowboys‘ legend cringes every time he remembers his brief phase doubling as a country music singer. He even recorded an album featuring some of his Dallas teammates, and boy is it something.
Troy Aikman’s Cowboys career
Troy Aikman was the most coveted player coming out of college to enter the 1989 NFL draft. The Dallas Cowboys, who went 3-13 the season before, got first dibs on the talented quarterback with the No. 1 pick.
Aikman struggled throughout the entirety of his rookie season, though. The QB threw just nine touchdowns to 18 interceptions in 1989, and the Cowboys went 0-11 in his 11 starts as a rookie.
But it didn’t take long for Aikman to warm up to the NFL. He earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 1991. The next season, he led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl victory over the Buffalo Bills. He went on to win two more Super Bowls in Dallas, and he was named a Pro Bowler six years in a row.
Aikman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Troy Aikman still cringes in embarrassment by his country music album
Troy Aikman doesn’t have many regrets from his incredible NFL career, but his biggest one came from off the football field. Aikman recently appeared on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina and cringed speaking about his brief country music career.
The Cowboys’ legend revealed he recorded a country album with some of his teammates called Everybody Wants to Be a Cowboy. The bunch called themselves the Super “Boys.”
“You know, they always say ‘stay in your lane.’ I kind of like my lane, Jimmy. I try to stay in it,” Aikman told SI. “Not to say that over the years, I’ve been asked to do cameos and Jerry Maguire and different things. I’ve done a country and Western album. It was awful. I don’t even know if they call it ‘country and Western’ anymore. It was a country album, I should say.”
Traina: What year did you do that? Were you playing, or was it after your playing days?
Aikman: It was when I was playing.
Traina: I gotta find that. I gotta go on YouTube and look that up.
Aikman: Please don’t.
“I did one after our first Super Bowl, a bunch of us Cowboys, [Jay] Novacek, Joe Avezzano, our special teams coach, and some other people did it, Randy White,” Aikman continued. “And then in the mid-’90s toward the end of my career, I did a song with Waylon Jennings and did another one with Toby Keith. Not that I’ve ever aspired to be a singer. I can’t sing at all. But just some opportunities that come up and you say, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ You never know when these things might come up again, so you do them.”
Troy Aikman: the country music superstar
Luckily for us, a few of the songs from Aikman’s country album are still available on YouTube today. You can listen to songs such as “Everybody Wants To Be A Cowboy (Texas Stadium Version),” “Oklahoma Nights,” and “Ship My Body Back to Texas,” all featuring Aikman himself.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sounds of Aikman and the 1990s Dallas Cowboys.
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