Landry Delays Decision on Aikman

Associated Press

Dallas Coach Tom Landry, back from a Hill Country vacation, said today the Cowboys won’t decide until February whether they will make UCLA’s Troy Aikman the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

Aikman led the Bruins to a 17-3 victory on Monday over the Arkansas Razorbacks and was named the most valuable offensive player of the 53rd annual Cotton Bowl.

Landry watched on television while celebrating the New Year with his family.


“I thought Troy did a good job of taking what Arkansas gave him,” Landry said. “They took away the deep pass, so he threw the short passes well. He did a good job of directing the team. UCLA had a good running game and that helped.”

Landry wouldn’t say Aikman was a Cowboy yet, however.

“People say it would be a mistake to take him now without exploring all the possibilities of having a first choice,” Landry said. “Troy is a definite prospect, but we ought to look overall into what is best for the team.”

Landry said, “We’ve got plenty of time to make the pick. We have to finish off some things from last season this month.

“I’d say we should be ready to make a decision around then. Once we do make our choice and if it is Troy, then we’d like to sign him as soon as we could to get him into quarterback school.”