A Tribute to Troy Aikman from a San Francisco 49ers Faithful

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Published: April 26, 2009


... I wouldn't say I'm a die-hard—I reserve that adjective for my fidelity to the San Francisco Giants—but I am a loyal fan.  

Admittedly, it doesn't kill me when the Niners lose. It does sting fiercely, though, to see rivals of days gone by— the Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, and to some degree, the Green Bay Packers—enjoy success.

Maybe it's because I've become inured to the losses through some pretty barren recent history.  Certainly it's because those recent struggles are the worst foils for the great Niner teams of years past.

Regardless, San Francisco's overall success as a franchise garners its supporters very little sympathy, and rightly so.

However, I'd argue you would be hard-pressed to find a fan base whose agonizing moments were any more excruciating in terms of who authored them.

By that, I mean I'll put the 'pokes of the early 1990s up against anyone's blood rival in a showd...

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