To their recollection, the famed Triplets of the dynastic 1990s Dallas Cowboys have sat for an interview together only a handful of times, the last time coming just before Emmitt Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
That means the podcast chat you’re about to hear represents the first time Smith, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin were interviewed at the same time with the entire group enjoying Hall of Fame status.
Call it a Triplet Bump for The Rich Eisen Podcast.
Your humble narrator sat down with Smith, Aikman and Irvin late last week, about an hour before Smith held his 3rd annual charity dinner in a suburb outside of Dallas. This year’s dinner, however, also served as a defacto reunion, honoring the 1992 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys. Yes, it has been 20 years since the Triplets won their first of 3 Super Bowls and a host of luminaries from that team — including Charles Haley, Jay Novacek, Tony Casillas, Jerry Jones and more — convened to celebrate and, of course, to help Emmitt and his wife Pat raise money for local charities. (Cellphone photos I took from the evening can be found to the right.)
Emmitt, Troy and Michael reminisced about the days when they first met to the drama-filled seasons that, despite the much documented turmoil, still yielded three championship seasons. Of course, all three men thought that those Cowboys teams could have won more than just the three titles. Stay tuned to hear why. Aikman, in particular, had a very interesting take on the Jerry Jones/Jimmy Johnson rift and how it leaves him disappointed to this very day.
Before we all hit the banquet room, I made sure the Triplets hit on the current state of the Dallas Cowboys, who, unbelievably, have still won only two playoff games since Emmitt, Aikman and Irvin won their 3rd and final Super Bowl.
Enjoy this rare opportunity to hear three Hall of Fame athletes, raconteurs and friends swap stories and memories together, all for your podcast listening pleasure. The TV version airs Thursday at 1:30pm ET on NFL Network.