SI: You're eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year. Will you be disappointed if you don't make it on the first ballot?
Aikman: Disappointed is a bad word. I've always maintained that no one should expect to get into the Hall of Fame, and I don't expect to. If it happens, I'll be thrilled and honored. If it doesn't, I won't be upset.
SI: If you were starting a franchise, which active quarterback would you build around?
Aikman: I think the best quarterback in the NFL is Peyton Manning. But it would be hard to go against Tom Brady. He understands that it really is about winning. He seems to get that better than anybody else.
SI: What about all time?
Aikman: I think Joe Montana is the greatest who has ever played.
SI: What was a bigger challenge: beating the great Packers defenses of the 1990s or getting airtime away from your old partner Cris Collinsworth?
Aikman: They were equally difficult [laughs].
SI: You and Roger Staubach are part owners in Hall of Fame Racing, which is aiming to race a car in the Nextel Cup next year. What's your role with the team?
Aikman: Roger and I both recognize that we're not knowledgeable enough on the racing side to influence that. What we hope to do is attract good people and provide a benefit to our sponsor, Texas Instruments.
SI: You wore number 8 for Dallas. Do you and Staubach have enough money to pry the rights to number 8 away from Dale Earnhardt Inc.?
Aikman: I don't think Bill Gates has enough money to pry away that number.
SI: In 1993 you sang a song called Oklahoma Nights that was released on the compilation CD Everybody Wants to Be a Cowboy. If the disc appeared on eBay, how much should I bid for it?
Aikman: Nobody should bid on that or be forced to listen to it.
SI: Would you have liked to have played for Bill Parcells?
Aikman: If Parcells had come to Dallas before my career was over, I think my career would have been extended three or four years. The misconception is that I retired because of [concussion]. I retired primarily because of frustration. Our organization was in disarray and had lost focus. I didn't see that turning around. If Parcells had come in, there would have been direction--like there was when Jimmy Johnson was there--and I think I would have enjoyed playing longer. --Richard Deitsch
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