Troy Aikman Says He Nearly Came Out of Retirement to Play for the Eagles

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterDecember 17, 2014

Former quarterback Troy Aikman, left, talks with Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Troy Aikman is the opposite of Philadelphia.

He's coiffed, measured and was the bane of Eagles fans' playoff hopes in the early '90s. If Philadelphia is a brown bag on the stoop, Aikman is a yellow lab fetching a Crate and Barrel catalogue.

So it comes as surprising news to hear the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback admit that he nearly came out of retirement in the early 2000s to join the Eagles.

Aikman went on the air Monday with KESN-FM in Dallas and explained how an injury to Donovan McNabb nearly coaxed him out of happy retirement. He says then-Eagles head coach Andy Reid called him in the middle of a broadcast to offer the job.

Here's Aikman's story, per The Dallas Morning News

It was 2003 [Note: It was 2002]. We were in San Diego doing the game. We did a game break and said that Donovan McNabb had been injured. He had broken his leg. Then we got to halftime and my producer got into my ear and said, 'Hey, I need you to call this number.' He's never done that. He's never done it before and he's never done it since. I said, 'Well who is it?' He said, 'Well, it's Andy Reid.' I said, 'Oh man.' He said, 'He says he wants you to call him at halftime.' I said, 'Well, we're doing a game.' He said, 'No, he wants you to call him.'

So I went outside. I had no cell service. I had to get out on the concourse there at Jack Murphy Stadium and I got him on the phone. He said, 'Hey, did you hear what happened.' I said, 'Yeah, we did a game break.' He said, 'Well, I want to talk to you about coming to Philadelphia.' I said, 'Andy, we're in the middle of a broadcast. It's halftime right now.' He said, 'I know, I'm watching the game.' So I said, 'OK, [I'll] call you after the game.'

Aikman went on to say that he mulled the offer over with the help of then-San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner. Ultimately, he chose good weather and personal safety over getting thrown onto the field midseason in freezing weather. He said his decision turned out to be the right choice for both parties.

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"Koy Detmer took over and he got hurt the very next game," Aikman said. "Then A.J. Feeley came in. He led them to like four or five wins and held it together and then Donovan McNabb came back and they made it all the way to the NFC championship game, so it worked out well for everybody. It just made a good story for me."

Consider, for a moment, the harrowing bizarro world that would've ensued had Aikman returned, defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game and won the Eagles a Super Bowl. Where would we be as a people without Warren Sapp shoving his previously "lost" Super Bowl ring in the eyes of strangers? Would McNabb still not understand social media? Would the Butt Fumble exist?

Best not to tarry on this line of thinking. Let's just leave it at this: Philadelphia and Aikman should remain separate, always and forever.

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