Remember that time Troy Aikman, the NFL Hall of Famer, traded in his football and got involved with a wheeled sport?
The former Dallas Cowboy great threw it back to his time in NASCAR, Thursday, with a now-classic photo. Troy Aikman posted on his Twitter account:
“TBT: Went to the Richard Petty Driving School back in the 90’s – ended up buying a Legends car, got a sponsor and went racing. What a blast!”
Yes, that’s Troy Aikman driving the No. 8 Legends car at the Texas Motor Speedway in the undated photo. The TMS official Twitter account replied: “Come see us again, soon!!”
Legends race cars were created in 1992. The body of the cars look like an automobile plucked from the time between the Great Depression and World War II.
Troy Aikman Bought NASCAR Team with Another Legend
But Troy Aikman was involved with more than just a Legends race. He actually co-owned a NASCAR team. This was back 15 years ago. Aikman and Roger Staubach, another Dallas Cowboy great, formed the appropriately named Hall of Fame Racing team.
The team fielded the No. 96 car competing in the NASCAR Premiere Series. The team, with 72 appearances, sported two top-five finishes with another pair of top 10. Texas Instruments DLP division was the named sponsor.
Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach sold their majority stake in the team in 2008. Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkel, the baseball team’s COO, bought the team from Aikman/Staubach.
Here’s an interesting factoid about the NFL and NASCAR. A ton of former high-profile quarterbacks have shown big interest in racing. Some of the biggest names include Terry Bradshaw, Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Jim Kelly.
Does Aikman Have Any Career Plans Beyond TV?
Troy Aikman is readying for the start of the NFL season. Aikman and Joe Buck are the No. 1 NFL announcing team for Fox. The season officially kicks off Thursday, Sept. 9, with the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing host to the Dallas Cowboys.
Aikman retired after the 2000 season. And he joined Fox in 2001, so he’s celebrating two decades with the network. In a really cool moment earlier this month, Aikman presented Jimmy Johnson, his former coach and fellow Fox analyst, with Johnson’s Hall of Fame jacket.
He’ll be 55 in November, so will Troy Aikman stick with TV and eventually retire. Or will he try to become more involved with the sport he dominated?
Reporters asked Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about whether he ever would consider hiring Aikman as the team’s general manager.
“I would consider it and I do consider it,” Jones told reporters last month. “I would not be averse to that. … I’d put Troy at the head of the list if we were gonna make a decision as far as football personnel.”
But Troy Aikman doesn’t think it’s an option.
“It’s a long shot in Dallas,” Troy Aikman said. “I think it’s always been a long shot in Dallas for the simple reason that it’s a family affair. With Jerry having two sons and Stephen, of course, he’s been working in the front office ever since the team was bought. They’re not in need of that type of person. I’ve always known that.”