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Aikman ready for Green Bay icebox

by Mel Bracht Modified: January 17, 2008 at 5:50 am •  Published: January 17, 2008
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Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who admits he didn't like playing in cold weather, will have his thermal underwear and snow boots on Sunday night in Green Bay when he broadcasts the NFC championship game, with flurries expected and a temperature near zero.

Aikman said the coldest playing conditions he remembers was leading a 1-13 Cowboys team against the New York Giants in 1989, his rookie season. Aikman said he sort of tanked the game, which the Cowboys lost 15-0 in Giants Stadium with a wind chill near zero.

"I'm not proud of saying this, I'd step into the huddle and say, ‘Hey guys, let run three plays and get this over with,' so we could be back over on the heated benches,” Aikman said. "It was absolutely miserable.”

Former Giants quarterback Phil Simms will have his electric blanket cranked up Sunday afternoon in Foxboro, Mass., for the AFC final with temperatures expected in the 20s and a 20-mph wind.

Simms said cold didn't bother him that much as a player.

"When I was playing, it'd be 30 degrees and you wouldn't even be wearing long sleeves,” he said.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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