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Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Aikman hopes to be racing in 2004

Associated Press

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 quarterback-turned-broadcaster.

"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 tremendously.

"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 managing partner.

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 said.

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 later.