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Aikman: I Considered Playing For The Eagles

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Appearing on Michael Irvin's radio show in WQAM Miami, Troy Aikman disclosed to former teammate Michael Irvin that he considered playing for the Philadelphia Eagles after he had retired from football as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. 

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They were wanting me to sign with them and then report to Philadelphia the next day and leave broadcasting. You know, I gave it a little bit of consideration. I talked to a couple of people that I really respect and at the end of the day I said, 'Wow, I can go to Philadelphia for five or six games or whenever Donovan gets healthy again and then really kind of be done with football or I can continue in this job that I currently have that hopefully will be hear for a long time.'
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I can't imagine Cowboys fans would have been too pleased to see their beloved Super Bowl quarterback come out of retirement to play for the Eagles, whose fans booed Irvin as he had a suffered a spinal injury. I couldn't imagine Aikman playing for the Eagles, Redskins, Giants or really anybody other than the Cowboys. 

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Free agency has ruined team loyalty to an extent which in a way diminishes rivalries. All the NFC East teams, though, still seem to hate each other which to me is good. Could anybody imagine Tom Brady playing for the Colts, Giants or Jets? Disturbing. Just as it would have been disturbing for Aikman to play for the Eagles. 

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Irvin told Aikman, "I'm glad you didn't, Troy. It would have hurt my feelings." I think it would have hurt more than just Irvin's feelings; it would likely have alienated the entire Cowboys fan base.

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Good job staying retired, Troy.

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