Troy Aikman Announces Music Festival to Help His Hometown

"Highway to Henryetta" will include country music superstar Blake Shelton

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Legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback returned to his high school alma mater Friday and brought a major announcement with him.

The hall of famer surprised students at a pep rally in Henryetta, Oklahoma, where he grew up.

Aikman graduated from Henryetta High School.

He moved with his family to a farm on the outskirts of town when he was 12.

Long before his legendary NFL football career which included three Super Bowl wins with the Cowboys, Aikman made a name for himself on the Henryetta High School football team.

"The town's done so much for me, really," Aikman told NBC 5.

Friday, in front of a gym full of students, he returned to his alma mater with a major announcement.

He organizing a music festival that will take place in Henryetta, with fellow-Oklahoman and “The Voice" host, Blake Shelton as the headliner.

“I really hope that my legacy when it’s all said and done goes way beyond what I've done on the football field. It starts with my family and my daughters, but also here in Henryetta, and inspiring young people to pursue their dreams and their goals and do it unapologetically,” Aikman said.

The first-ever "Highway to Henryetta" festival is expected to draw up to 20,000 people to the small town with a population of less than 6,000.

"What he’s willing to do for our town will put us on the map but it will also be a huge impact to everything and every body," said Henryetta Mayor Jennifer Munholland.

The one-day event is scheduled for June 11, 2022.

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