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Legendary Cowboys Troy Aikman Discusses How He Nearly Left Retirement In 2003 To Play For This AFC Team

Miami came close to success in one of the teams' attempts to persuade Aikman to come out of retirement. (Photo: Sporting News)

The Legend of Cowboys Troy Aikman won three Super Bowls during his 12-year career and threw 165 touchdown passes. As the 2023 NFL season gets underway, he will be heard on Monday Night Football telecasts thanks to his growing reputation as an ESPN broadcaster.

Miami came close to success in one of the teams’ attempts to persuade Aikman to come out of retirement. (Photo: Dallas Morning News)

Cowboys Troy Aikman, however, admitted this week that he was very close to donning a different team’s uniform two years after leaving the NFL in 2001 because he was enticed by the chance to play once more for his former offensive coordinator in Dallas, Norv Turner. This was something Cowboys Troy Aikman discussed on a new episode of Adam Schefter’s podcast this week.

The Miami Dolphins were regarded as an AFC contender heading into the 2003 NFL season. Head coach Dave Wannstedt believed that all his team was lacking was a seasoned quarterback because they were supported by a top-five scoring defense and star running back Ricky Williams.

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The person Wannstedt and offensive coordinator Norv Turner had in mind was…Cowboys Troy Aikman, as Aikman revealed to Schefter.

“I had a chance initially, and I was gonna do it quite honestly. I was gonna come back, and the Dolphins were looking at me,” Cowboys Troy Aikman said. They believed they were just a quarterback away from accomplishing their goals, and I had trained during the offseason to return and play.

This is not the first report about a team attempting to sign the Hall of Fame quarterback in the early 2000s. Cowboys Troy Aikman retired after the 2000 season due to back and concussion issues. While Andy Reid pursued Aikman as a last-minute option for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002, Turner was behind an effort to get him to sign with the San Diego Chargers in 2001.

In the end, a 36-year-old Cowboys Troy Aikman never suited up for Miami, and the Dolphins stuck with Jay Fiedler at quarterback instead.

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