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El Pasoans go crazy with Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman, legendary quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, put it together Monday with his fans when he was visiting El Paso.

The three-time Super Bowl winner and now a sports commentator was in the City of the Sun to promote his beer called “Eight” -Ocho-, which in its title bears the number of the shirt that the “Ice Man” wore during his career. sporty.

“The people of El Paso are wonderful. They’ve always been good to me and good to the Cowboys. This crowd exceeds my highest expectations,” Aikman said as he saw the lines of fans who waited for him during stops he made on various El Paso routes.

Considered one of the hundred best players in the history of the NFL, Aikman made stops at supermarkets and local bars to promote his beer – the Elite Light Lager – low in carbohydrates, which is so far only sold in the state of Texas.

Everywhere he went, fans lined up in El Paso on Monday just to catch a glimpse of the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

“I can’t believe it’s about him, it must be a dream,” said an euphoric Rosalinda Llamas, a resident of Valle Bajo.

Some fans were lucky enough to get an autograph or even a photo with Aikman, who was dressed simply in a green V-neck T-shirt.

With El Paso being a predominantly Dallas Cowboys fan city, there was a riot outside the Union Draft House on Sunland Park Drive, where fans lined up for some Aikman-autographed NFL memorabilia.

Before being at the Union Draft House, the former player visited two other bars: a Bikini Joe’s and the Headquarters. He was also in supermarkets.

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During his career with Dallas – between 1989 and 2000 – Aikman had the opportunity to visit El Paso on several occasions.

That’s because from 1996 to 1998, the Cowboys played scrimmage games at UTEP’s Sun Bowl in front of a packed stadium in a city where most of its residents rave about the team.

“I just remember how angry and excited the fans were,” Aikman said. “It wasn’t even a preseason game, and I was really blown away by the energy in the stadium that night, it was fantastic. Obviously, there are a lot of Cowboys fans around the state in general, but especially here in El Paso, so it’s great to be back.”

Retired from the gridiron, Aikman worked as a commentator on the Fox Sports network between 2001 and 2021. As of 2022, he joined ESPN as an analyst for Monday American Football.

“I think we all have God-given talents, but the reason I did what I could achieve in sports and what I do now is through old-fashioned hard work. It is those people willing to do that who have always inspired me and to whom I dedicate this beer”, said the also businessman.

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