How does he feel watching Marino, Cunningham, Moon, all the sturdy troopers taking such a hammering? "I've been there," he says. "I went through that my first two years, when I was banged up all the time. The way I look at it, I'm reaping the benefits now after paying my dues. It's funny. Last year was my only season when I played the whole year without getting hurt. The knock on me used to be that I wasn't durable. Now someone just told me I'm tied for third on the list for consecutive starts by a quarterback, behind Everett and Young."
Let's hope that Aikman, a young quarterback star in a league that has none other, keeps that streak alive.