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Troy Aikman cashes in with Wingstop

By Alex Butler

DALLAS, June 15 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman made millions Friday when the Dallas company Wingstop went public.

While quarterbacking the Dallas Cowboys Aikiman and teammates frequented a Wingstop near Valley Ranch. Aikman eventually became a celebrity spokesman for the company and would own stock. So when the company went public this weekend, Aikman cashed in.

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Shares priced at $18 jumped 71 percent and closed at $30.59, according to the New York Post. Stock sellers made almost $70 million, according to CBS DFW.

Aikman, who made about $6 million in his first four years in the NFL, told ESPN's Darren Rovell that he made more in the deal than he did his first four years in the league.

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When Aikman made the deal with Wingstop, it totaled 133 restraunts. The company now has more than 750 locations. Aikman joined the company as a spokesman in 2003 and joined the board of directors in 2011, according to BizJournals.com.

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"At the time, it was a natural fit," Aikman told ESPN. "They had a Wingstop right across from our Valley Ranch training facility, and I used to meet teammates there on Thursday night."

Aikman, 48, had a 94-71 career record. He passed for 32,942 yards, 165 touchdowns and 141 interceptions while winning MVP of the 1992 Super Bowl.

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