As a child, Troy Aikman always thought he would be a professional baseball player. In high school, he made All-State in both baseball and football. But when the New York Mets expressed an interest in drafting him out of high school, Aikman rejected their offer, opting instead to pursue a college football career.
Troy Aikman began his college football career at Oklahoma University. However, when he broke his ankle in the fourth game of his sophomore season, Jamelle Holieway took over at quarterback and played well enough to entrench himself as the starter. Aikman then transferred to UCLA where he finished his college career with a 20-4 record and led the Bruins to a Cotton Bowl victory over Arkansas.
The Dallas Cowboys drafted Troy Aikman with the first overall pick of the 1989 NFL Draft. Aikman quickly won the starting job and became the first Cowboys rookie quarterback to start a season opener since Roger Staubach in 1969. He would endure a rough first season, however, throwing twice as many interceptions (18) as touchdowns (9). The Cowboys finished the year 1-15.