FRISCO - A year ago, I asked Troy Aikman about the idea of the legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback leaving the FOX Sports booth to become an NFL general manager.
“I think,'' Aikman replied, "the opportunity has probably passed me by. And although at some levels I guess that might be disappointing, on the other hand, I’m probably ready to just kind of do the things that I really want to do and maybe that doesn’t entail going and scouting players 365 days out of the year.”
Still, Aikman, 54, in an interview with Colin Cowherd on his new podcast network, “The Volume,” this week re-opened conversation about the issue.
“I’m confident that if I decided that I wanted to pursue that, I could contact half a dozen people at different teams that I know and say, ‘Hey, I’d like to come work for your organization if there’s a spot for me,’” Aikman said on the podcast. “‘You don’t have to pay me. I just want to come in and work and learn the craft and put myself in a position to where, if I decide that I want to be a GM and run a team all by myself, that I can do that.’ And I feel that, within a couple years, I’d be fully prepared and ready to do it.”
In my conversations with Aikman, it's clear that as much as many would like to see him take that opportunity in Dallas, it would not likely result in him being the Cowboys GM.
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“It’s a long shot in Dallas,'' he told me. "I think it’s always been a long shot in Dallas for the simple reason that it’s a family affair. With Jerry [Jones] having two sons and Stephen [Jones], 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.”
Cowboys fans can dream, though. And so can other teams. Aikman is confident employing him in that capacity would pay off.
"I do think that 20 years from now, if I look back on my life and I say, ‘You know, I wish I’d given that a shot,’ or, ‘I wonder if I would have been any good at that.’ So, first of all, I think I’d be really good if I did it,'' Aikman said. "I’ve never gotten into anything not expecting to be successful. Working hard doesn't faze me, so I’d put in whatever amount of time was required.''
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