Dallas Cowboys' fans you have two Hall of Fame Quarterbacks, both were Super Bowl MVP's; two that can be considered amongst the "All-Time Greats", and lead your franchise to all five of its SB rings. The big question is, if you were the GM with the foresight of knowing how their careers would turn out, and both Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman were on the board and you held the No. 1 pick, which HOF'er would you choose to start your team? Roger "The Dodger" Staubach: one of the original "running QB's" who led you to four Super Bowl's with wins in SB VI & XII or Troy Aikman: the consistent/steady/stoic-personality who led you to three Super Bowl's XXVII, XXVIII, and XXX, all three for wins?
Both QB's are legends in Dallas and of the NFL; while I'd say probably not necessary to list what each did, for the sake of the article I'll throw out a splash for argument sake and to whet the appetite of Cowboys fans longing for the old winning days. You are the GM, now faced with the daunting task of deciding between two QB's that would go on to become legends for your franchise, here is a sampling of what you would be adding to your organization at the most important position:
Drafted out of NAVY, and fulfilling his military requirement, Staubach didn't enter the NFL until he was 27; he then took over the lead role of a high powered Cowboys attack for the next nine seasons. Under Staubach the Cowboys appeared in six NFC championship games, winning four of them, and two victories in Super Bowls VI and XII. Staubach's ability to scramble made him particularly dangerous and became a part of why he was known as Roger "The Dodger" – his career rushing totals of 410 attempts gaining 2,264 yards for a 5.5-yard average and 20 touchdowns. To the credit of his passing ability, he led the NFL in passing four times.
(Stats Courtesy of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame)
- 1985 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee
- 6× Pro Bowl selection (1971, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
- 5× All-NFC selection (1971, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
- 2× Super Bowl champion (VI, XII)
- Super Bowl VI MVP
- 1963 Heisman Trophy winner
- 1,685 completions in 2,958 passing attempts, totaling 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns for a passer rating of 81.6
A prolific passer Aikman became the third rated passer in NCAA history and an All-American at UCLA. He was the Cowboys' first pick in 1989. He and Staubach share a great Cowboys distinction, both were rookie starting QB's (separated by 30 years of history). It took Aikman all of 52 games into his career to eclipse the 10,000 yards passing mark, and 302 completions rank him second in team history. He went on to become the winning-est QB in an decade in NFL history with 90 total (1990's).(Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Hall Of Fame)
- 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee
- 6× Pro Bowl (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)
- 3× All-Pro (1993, 1994, 1995)
- 3× Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
- Super Bowl XXVII MVP
- His career statistics include 32,942 yards and 165 touchdowns for a passer rating of 83.6
Two QB's from the same team couldn't have been more alike by winning but different in their approach: Aikman could be considered as the prototypical pocket passer, who almost refused to leave the pocket, which ultimately lead to his relatively earlier than expected retirement in 2000 due to mounting injuries; and Staubach who was, at that time the rarity of an unpredictable QB, would just as soon take off extending a play or trying to gain positive yards just as much as he wanted to throw the down-field pass for the same positive yardage.
Although they played in different era's both were considered as born leaders, probable to be successful at any time in the NFL's history. Fan/GM of the Cowboys, you decide, which of these NFL H.O.F. greats would you pick as your No.1?