Sunday, April 9, 2000
Cowboy quarterback, former
staffer, are wed
By MIKE CRISSEY
Associated Press Writer
DALLAS (AP) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback
Troy Aikman has added another ring to his collection: a wedding
Aikman, who has accumulated three Super
Bowl rings, married former Cowboys public relations staffer Rhonda
Worthey on Saturday afternoon in a private ceremony at his home
in Plano, a north Dallas suburb.
The two met at the Cowboys' practice facility
where she once worked and have dated for about 18 months.
The wedding was an intimate gathering of
the couple's family and close friends. A much larger group was
invited to a reception afterward.
"Troy is very, very happy," said
Tim Quintana, a member of Aikman's security staff. Quintana fielded
questions from journalists in front of Aikman's stately home.
A Plano police officer blocked off the cul-de-sac
dominated by Aikman's two-story red brick manor.
Early in the afternoon, charter buses brought
people dressed in wedding attire to the residence, which is surrounded
by a 6-foot-high black wrought-iron fence. Bouquets of yellow
and pink flowers decorated the main gate.
Brian Berry, 22, a neighbor, said he was
unimpressed by the happenings. Cowboys star Deion Sanders also
lives in the affluent neighborhood, he noted.
"You see them every day," Berry
Aikman, 33, has been considered one of Dallas'
most eligible bachelors. Worthey, who is 31 with a 9-year-old
daughter from a previous marriage, quit her job last spring at
Valley Ranch to spend more time at home.
At a Friday night rehearsal dinner, Cowboys
coaches and teammates including Daryl Johnston, Bill Bates, Emmitt
Smith, Mark Stepnoski, Kevin Gogan, special teams coach Joe Avezzano
and Redskins head coach Norv Turner, formerly with the Cowboys
organization, toasted the couple, The Dallas Morning News reported.
The 29 guests drank from large silver chalices,
men smoked cigars in silver holders and women were presented silver
After word of the rehearsal dinner got out,
the restaurant was flooded with calls from young women hoping
to get a last look at Aikman the bachelor. The women weren't allowed
into the already crowded restaurant, the newspaper said.
The couple sought to keep their wedding
date a private matter, but Fox broadcaster John Madden inadvertently
leaked it. The football commentator was attending the Masters
golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., when he made an offhand comment
to a reporter that he was leaving after the first two rounds so
he could return to Dallas for Aikman's wedding.
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