Professional Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman was honored by the City of Cerritos as a Hometown Hero at the City’s Volunteer Awards and Recognition Dinner on February 23.

During the event Aikman shared comments about his positive experiences participating in the City of Cerritos’ youth sports programs and the valuable coaching he received from local volunteers.

Mayor Jim Edwards presented Aikman with a proclamation declaring him a Cerritos Hometown Hero for his stellar career as a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and for establishing The Troy Aikman Foundation which enhances the lives of youths through sports and academics.

Mayor Edwards said, “It’s an honor and a privilege to have this opportunity to recognize Troy Aikman, a true Cerritos Hometown Hero. He is a fantastic role model for local youth and we are proud that he participated in Cerritos youth sports programs.”

The City’s Volunteer Awards and Recognition Dinner was attended by 125 coaches of the City’s youth flag football, basketball, baseball and soccer programs. Past Mayor’s Award recipients were also in attendance.

In total, 226 coaches donated 8,700 hours of volunteer service to the City’s youth sports programs during 2012.

During his 12 years with the Cowboys, Aikman set 45 passing records, including the club’s career record of 2,898 completions, 32,942 passing yards, 165 touchdowns and a 61.3 completion percentage. With Aikman as quarterback, the Cowboys won six NFC East titles and advanced to four NFC championship games. Aikman is one of only four quarterbacks to guide his team to victory in three Super Bowls. In February 2006, Aikman was voted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He became only the sixth player in Cowboys’ history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.