Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman hasn’t forgotten the UCLA program that started his football career, and he showed that on Monday in the form of a very generous donation.
Talk about showing support for your alma mater.
“UCLA holds a very special place in my heart,” Aikman is quoted in the school’s release. “As you go through life, it is common to be defined by the company you keep. I’ve been fortunate to be associated with two outstanding institutions. In many eyes, I’ll always be a Dallas Cowboy, and I’m extremely proud of that. By making this contribution to UCLA Football, it’s clear that I am, and always will be, a UCLA Bruin as well.
“My time at UCLA helped mold me into the person I am today, and I want the Bruin student-athletes that come after me to have the same opportunity I had to achieve their boyhood dreams.”
In recognition of his donation, the release states that the football-focused conitioning facility within the new building the “will forever be known as The Troy Aikman Strength and Conditioning Center.” (We don’t know yet if anything having to do with the new building will in fact be named after Aikman.)
Two years after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, Aikman was inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame, becoming the second of three Bruins to be inducted into both.
As for his collegiate resume, the school boasts, he led the Bruins to a 20-4 record including two bowl victories, and became “the first quarterback in school history to lead UCLA to back-to-back 10-win seasons.”
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Don Liebig, UCLA Bruins Athletics