Back in 1993, fresh off his first career Super Bowl Championship, Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman underwent back surgery. The procedure went well and, thanks to the timing of the surgery, Aikman didn’t even miss any time.
Now a Hall of Famer and a FOX analyst, Aikman went on to win two more Super Bowls with Dallas in the early- to mid-1990s, but he says now that his back problems--not concussions, as many seem to believe--led to his retirement from football after the 2000 season, seven years after that first operation.
Considering his personal experience, Aikman believes the Cowboys should be fairly concerned about Tony Romo, who, in his early-thirties, has had two back surgeries in the past year.
Longtime quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson--who played with Aikman from 1995-1997, and was on the Dallas staff for Aikman’s final season in 2000--doesn’t disagree with his old pal.
“There’s some concern just from a personal level,” Wilson said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I saw what happened with Troy and his back. But it’s two different injuries from what I’ve been told and that the rehab is going great and it should be fine. But it’s always a concern when you start having multiple injuries at the same spot.”
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