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Stats or No Stats--Troy Aikman is a Hall of Famer Print E-mail
by Norm Hitzges    Thu, Jan 12, 2006, 02:24 PM

Why wouldn’t Troy Aikman be considered a Hall of Famer? Sports Illustrated Columnist, Rick Reilly has said that he does not think that Aikman belongs in the Hall of Fame?

I like Rick. I respect him as a writer. He is one of my favorite writers. But, I’ve got to ask a question.

I propose to Rick Reilly that, if he is going to inspect the numbers of Troy Aikman, he needs to inspect the numbers of several Hall of Famers.

As you may know, I’m a numbers guy. I love stats! I devour stats on a daily basis. I think that in sports statistics tell a major portion of the story. But, stats do not tell the entire story. In order to get the entire story, you need to watch the games.

Aikman does not have flashy stats. He wasn’t flashy on the field and did not have an immense amount of flair. All he did was win. I think you judge a player off a body of work. And Aikman’s body of work was just remarkable.

In his career he completed 61.5% of his passes. 64% in the post-season. You can go on with the stats forever. But his career was remarkable and dotted with several accomplishments.

In the information age we often get lost in statistics. The internet makes statistics available to everyone. We analyze stats, then we over-analyze them and then analyze them again. I am probably more guilty of this than anyone.

Statistics are great when used properly but they are no substitute for actually watching the game. You do not need to see any statistics to know that Troy Aikman is a legitimate Hall of Fame QB. All the evidence you need to do is on the game tape.
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