Competitive fire still rages within Aikman

Like Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana, Troy Aikman can't extinguish his competitive fire.

Updated: March 20, 2001, 11:43 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

When she looks out the window from her office at Troy Aikman Enterprises, Charlyn Aikman can sometimes see Dallas Cowboys players running earnestly around orange cones. For the first time in 13 years, her son isn't among those would-be Cowboys working out at Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas.

The office sits across the parking lot from the locked back gate at Valley Ranch. Presumably, Troy returned his personal key after the Cowboys cut him March 7 to avoid paying a $7 million roster bonus that ...

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Will Troy Aikman follow in the footsteps of Steve Young or Johnny Unitas?