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Welcome to Camp Aikman.
Troy Aikman Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966 in West Covina, California) is a former American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, and currently a television sportscaster for the Fox network. is finally getting what he wanted from coach Barry Switzer Barry Switzer (born October 5, 1937) is a former football coach, in the college and professional ranks, between 1962 and 1997. He has one of the highest winning percentages of any college football coach in history, and owner Jerry Jones For other persons named Jerry Jones, see Jerry Jones (disambiguation).
Jerrel Wayne "Jerry" Jones (Born on October 13, 1942) is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys NFL franchise and the Dallas Desperados AFL franchise.
Jones was born in Los Angeles, California. : a Dallas Cowboys
Aikman first had a camp like that under Jimmy Johnson Jimmy Johnson or Jim Johnson may refer to:
National Football Conference title game, Aikman hinted retirement if Dallas didn't brush up its image.
``I haven't made a decision yet about my future,'' the former UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX star said in February. ``Certain things need to be addressed.''
The Cowboys re-signed close buddy Daryl Johnston, hired Calvin Hill to clean up the team's public image, and promised a no-frills, hard-working camp.
He also wasn't happy with a frantic exhibition season like last year's, when the team played in two different countries, scrimmaged three different teams, and played one more exhibition game than most clubs.
``There's a fine line between being 13-3 and 8-8,'' Aikman said. ``We have to get the edge back.''
It wasn't 8-8 for the Cowboys, but it was 10-6, not a mark to which Dallas is accustomed. Now Aikman is enthusiastic again, buoyed by the appearance of Michael Irvin in camp and the signing of free agent Anthony Miller to complement him at wide receiver.
``We could have the best corps of receivers we've ever had,'' Aikman said. ``In Mike and Anthony we may have the best tandem in the league. Certainly the best group of receivers since I've been here.''
Aikman likes the healthy return of tight end Eric Bjornson and praises rookie first round draft pick David LaFleur, another tight end.
In fact, Aikman all but said Deion Sanders needn't worry about offense when he finally reports from the Cincinnati Reds.
``Deion might be able to help but it would hard because it (being a receiver) takes so much time,'' Aikman said.
Aikman also has been bubbly about his future.
``As long as we are a focused football team I want to be part of it,'' Aikman said. ``I want to play as long as I can. I hope what takes me out of the game is that I can't physically perform any more. I'd like to play another six or seven years but I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. if I can do it physically.''
Aikman's overall health is excellent except for a calf problem that still dogs him to this day.
``I still have some problems with a pulled calf but it's progressing all right,'' Aikman said.
Then he smiled ``My arm is still good and healthy.''
Aikman has been brilliant in early training camp drills. His sizzling siz·zle
intr.v. siz·zled, siz·zling, siz·zles
1. To make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat.
2. To seethe with anger or indignation.
3. passes have been on target and he seems happy being in charge of the team.
``It's critical we have a good training camp this year,'' Aikman said. ``I still feel we're one of a handful of teams who can win the Super Bowl. You saw what happened last year. We had a disjointed training camp then we got off to a 1-3 start. We can't afford that again.''
At Camp Troy Aikman, No. 8 is finally getting what he wants.
PHOTO (1) After last season's frustrating finish, Troy Aikman said Dallas had to shape up. It did.
(2)Troy Aikman is pleased by the healthy return of tight end Eric Bjornson (86).