Early life[ edit ] Aikman was born on November 21, He grew up in Cerritos, California. At the age of 12, Aikman's family moved to Henryetta, Oklahoma , where he played football at Henryetta High School, where he would earn All-State honors.
In , his first full season as a collegiate starter,  Aikman led the Sooners to victories over Minnesota , Kansas State , and 17 Texas in the Red River Shootout before losing to the Miami Hurricanes and his future head coach, Jimmy Johnson.
On October 19, Miami's Jerome Brown broke through the offensive line, sacked Aikman on the Sooner yard line and broke Aikman's ankle. Switzer and offensive coordinator Jim Donnan were forced to switch back to the wishbone offense under freshman quarterback Jamelle Holieway.
The team went on to win the National Championship. He had to sit out one year due to college transfer rules but went on to lead the Bruins to a record over two seasons. Aikman led the Bruins to a 10—2 record and the Aloha Bowl, where they beat the Florida Gators The season culminated with a Bruins victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Cotton Bowl Classic , which was played in Dallas.
Aikman finished his career as the number two career passing leader in UCLA history. Aikman won the starting quarterback job, and Walsh was traded early in the season. The following week, Aikman threw his first touchdown pass, a yard completion to Michael Irvin , but the Atlanta Falcons intercepted two passes and won. With Smith and Irvin, Aikman led the Cowboys to a 7—7 record in the season, but was injured in the 15th game, against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cowboys would go on to lose that game and the following week against the Atlanta Falcons with backup QB Babe Laufenberg , missing the final playoff wild card spot by one game. In , Aikman led the Cowboys to a 6—4 record in the first 10 games and had the Cowboys ahead in week 12 against undefeated Washington Redskins when he was injured. Steve Beuerlein replaced Aikman, and Dallas finished the season 5—0 and earned the 5 playoff seed.
Beuerlein went on to lead the Cowboys to a road upset over the 4 seed Chicago Bears in the Wild Card round. With the Cowboys losing at halftime the following week against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Divisional Playoff game, Aikman was inserted to start the third quarter, but was unable to provide a spark as the Cowboys lost, 38—6.
Aikman was selected to the first of six consecutive Pro Bowls. During the playoffs, Aikman broke Joe Montana's record of 83 passes without an interception by throwing The Cowboys won, 30—20, with Aikman completing two game changing completions to send the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl appearance since Aikman then shredded the 49ers secondary in the NFC Championship 38—21, before leaving the game with a concussion after 49ers DT Dana Stubblefield 's knee hit Aikman's head.
The Cowboys finished with the second best record in the NFC, behind the 49ers and Aikman again missed playing time due to injuries. Aikman was knocked out of a highly anticipated rematch between Dallas and San Francisco when 49ers' Stubblefield landed on Aikman, forcing his knee to hit the turf.
After a playoff loss at home by the 49ers to the Packers, the Cowboys hosted the Packers in the NFC Championship and, for the third straight season, knocked the Packers out of the playoffs, this time by a 38—27 score, to earn their third Super Bowl appearance in four years.
The following week, Dallas fell in the Divisional Playoffs to Carolina, 26—17, and the Cowboys would not win another playoff game for thirteen years. In , Aikman became the first quarterback in Cowboys' history to have three straight 3,yard seasons, but the team finished 6—10 and missed the playoffs for the first time since Switzer suffered the first losing season of his career, and resigned at the end of the season. Dallas was stunned at home in the Wild Card game as the 6 seed Arizona Cardinals won, 20—7.
The season started off with a bang for Aikman and the Cowboys as they squared off against the Redskins. Aikman fired a career-high five touchdown passes, including the game winner in OT to beat Washington. Dallas finished 8—8 and lost in the Wild Card playoff game at Minnesota, 27— The season was Aikman's final season as a professional football player.
Aikman suffered from several concussions during the season, and a revolving door at QB took place between Aikman and former Eagles QB Randall Cunningham. Aikman's final game was at home against the Washington Redskins. He was hit by linebacker LaVar Arrington and suffered the tenth and final concussion of his career. Presently, Aikman is third on that list, also trailing Tom Brady Aikman explained that he had back surgery in the offseason following Super Bowl XXVII with no complications but by the time he reached his final season he was constantly getting treatment for back pain.
While the hit by Arrington ended his season, he claims it was the back pain and not that concussion that ended his career.