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Aikman nets millions in Wingstop's first day of trading
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Aikman nets millions in Wingstop's first day of trading

Published Jun. 13, 2015 4:04 p.m. ET

Being a company's spokesperson since 2003 certainly has its perks.

Millions of dollars worth in perks if you are Troy Aikman. (As if free chicken wings weren't enough!)

The Dallas company Wingstop went public Friday, and its shares quickly jumped 61 percent.

According to the NY Post, shares priced at $18 closed at $30.59, netting close to $70 million for those quick to sell their stock.


One of the lucky sellers? The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Aikman made millions Friday by selling a portion of his shares, though Securities and Exchange Commission laws require owners to keep a portion of the shares until "an already agreed upon time."

"It has been a good run," Aikman told Rovell but wouldn't disclose the exact amount he netted Friday.

More from Rovell:

Aikman wouldn't disclose his total ownership in the company but did say it's worth more than what he made in his first four years in the NFL. Aikman made about $6 million in those first four years, as he didn't see the final two years of his rookie contract after signing a bigger deal in 1992. That deal was done after the Cowboys won the first of three Super Bowls in four years.

Three years after his retirement, Aikman signed his first endorsement deal with the chain and in 2011, he became an official board member for the company.

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

From an after-practice hangout to earning millions of dollars in one day? Not too shabby, Troy Aikman, not too shabby.

And now, just for fun, a Troy Aikman Wingstop commercial:

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