Aikman spent the first half of his childhood in California and would go on to spend the second half in Oklahoma where he played high school football. After attending the University of Oklahoma he started gour games before an injury forced him to transfer to UCLA. He was a star quarterback for the UCLA Bruins and was the first overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft. Aikman would go on to play 12 consecutive seasons as the starting quarterback for the Cowboys.
During his NFL career, he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and led Dallas to three Super Bowl victories. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII. Aikman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Since his retirement from the NFL, he has worked as a television sportscaster for the FOX Network.