Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Aikman hopes to be racing in 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Troy Aikman believes ownership of a
NASCAR Winston Cup team will fulfill the competitive urges
remaining for the three-time Super Bowl champion
"I have a competitive nature and have to find a way to solve
that urge,'' Aikman said Wednesday during the annual media day at
Texas Motor Speedway. "Having money and time invested fulfills it
"Broadcasting is tough, but when the game is over and you put
down the headphones, you don't care who won or lost.''
Aikman has teamed up with Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, the
quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys' other two Super Bowl wins, as
part owners of a racing team they hope to have ready for the 2004
season. Bill Saunders, a former Trans-Am driver, is the team's
As for the possibility of playing in the NFL again, the
36-year-old Aikman said that was unlikely. And if he did return, it
wouldn't be for the Cowboys.
"The speculation about me, you can speculate about some other
clubs, even as remote as that may be, but me playing for the Dallas
Cowboys is not going to happen,'' Aikman said.
While intrigued by new Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, Aikman has
no desire to be involved in a rebuilding program. Dallas has had
three straight 5-11 seasons, the last two since he retired after
being cut because of salary and health concerns.
"I had chances already to come back and play,'' Aikman said.
"Just playing is not fun, and I did that the last three or four
years of my career. If I don't come back this offseason, I will be
done. But I don't anticipate playing.''
After retiring from the Cowboys, Aikman joined Fox as an NFL
broadcaster. He's part of the network's No. 1 team with Joe Buck
and Cris Collinsworth.
For now, Aikman's primary responsibility is to help in the
search for sponsors for Hall of Fame Racing.
"I'm not going to be out there changing nuts and bolts,'' he
Saunders said Hall of Fame Racing hopes to have a sponsorship
agreement within the next 60-90 days.
"We have a legitimate, major-type sponsor interested,''
Saunders said. "There is value added because of Troy and Roger,''
Saunders and Aikman said a final decision hasn't been made on
whether the group will try to buy an existing team or put together
one from scratch. Determining the driver or drivers will come