Jersey Monday: Troy Aikman

Since my Jersey Monday jinxing of the Mavs in Game 1 worked so well, and I don't have any other Mavericks jerseys to show off, I'll stick with the Dallas theme and share this quintessentially '90s Troy Aikman Cowboys Starter Jersey.

There's actually a pretty cool story behind this incredibly ugly jersey.

I was working at Marshalls at the time, my first real job as a teenager in the mid-'90s and I had just really started getting into the jersey collection thing. At that time, Marshalls would get a lot of "last year's" jerseys, from players who'd changed teams, teams who'd changed jerseys, or, in rare cases, jerseys that the company realized were a bad idea.

This Troy Aikman jersey obviously falls into that latter category. For some reason in the '90s, everyone collectively lost their minds and decided that black jerseys were awesome, even for teams that didn't have black jerseys. That's where this monstrosity came from. It did only cost me $18 (after my employee discount), so I'm not complaining too much.

But that's not the cool story. The day this jersey arrived at the store, it came as part of a shipment of multiple jerseys from this line. We got Aikman and Emmitt from the Cowboys, Steve Young from the 49ers and Brett Favre from the... Cowboys?

Now, this was in the days before the ubiquity of camera phones, so I don't have any visual evidence of this, but included in that shipment was a batch of black Cowboys jerseys -- complete with the blue and gray neck trim and stars on the sleeves -- with green and gold "4"s and the name "Favre" on the back. We had actually received a memo from corporate that morning to pull those jerseys from the shipment and keep them in the back. The next day, we got instructions to send them back. I begged my manager to let me buy one -- or just "have" one, if he didn't want it to go through the sales system -- because it was such a unique item, but he wouldn't allow it. I ended up buying the Aikman jersey instead, which is lame, because it was pretty widely available. Still, $18.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.

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