Troy Aikman played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-2000 and won three Super Bowls en route to a Hall of Fame career.
He later admitted that he retired due to persistent back problems and there were no shortage of opportunities to pursue his career with another team.
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He said he wanted to sign with the San Diego Chargers to play under offensive coordinator Norv Turner, but the team signed Doug Flutie. Aikman also said Andy Reid called him about a possible play for the Philadelphia Eagles after Donovan McNabb was injured, but he declined.
On Tuesday, Aikman spoke more about the potential of playing with the Miami Dolphins in 2003.
“I had a chance initially, and I was going to do it in all honesty,” Aikman said on “The Adam Schefter Podcast.” “I was going to come back and the Dolphins were looking at me. Dave Wannstedt was the head coach. Norv Turner was the offensive coordinator. being a quarterback far from achieving what they wanted to do.
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“So, I was going to. I thought, ‘Well, I’ll try.’ Rick Speilman was the GM, and he was ultimately, I believe, the one who decided not to sign me, which was probably a good thing from their point of view. And it was a good thing from my point of view. view because they weren’t a quarterback. I think they won six games that year. They weren’t very good. Everything went very well.”
Miami was coming off a 9-7 season in Wannstedt’s third season. The team was anchored by running back Ricky Williams. Jay Fiedler was the quarterback and Chris Chambers was the star receiver.
The Dolphins ended up going 10-6 in 2003 and just missed the playoffs.
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In 2004, Miami missed the playoffs after going 4-12. Wannstedt resigned midway through the season, and Jim Bates ended the year.