STILL THAWING NFL ANALYST
The former UCLA and Dallas Cowboys QB braved the cold in Green Bay for the Giants' 37--20 win over the Packers and will broadcast the NFC title game on Fox this Sunday.
How come when Fox showed you and Joe Buck during breaks in the action in Green Bay, you were wearing gloves and he wasn't?
TROY AIKMAN: That's what happens when you live in St. Louis—they're accustomed to colder temperatures than down here in Dallas.
Eli Manning's no longer Peyton's little brother, is he?
TA: No, he's not. All season long the topic was, Is he an elite quarterback? What I found interesting wasn't how Eli answered the question, but that the interviewer thought that it was O.K. to ask it. If you asked Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers, it wouldn't have even warranted a response. The way Eli's played this year, with not a lot of help until recently, he's put that to bed.
Alex Smith has been in the league since 2005. Why is he succeeding now?
TA: When I talked with Alex when the 49ers played the Giants in Week 10, I asked him the same question. He said it's about football now. [The team] is not getting a motivational speech every day of the week. Jim Harbaugh has made it about football.
When did tight ends like Vernon Davis, Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski become pass-catching weapons instead of blockers?