Troy Aikman and Wife Split Weeks Before Super Bowl

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troy aikmanNFL legend Troy Aikman's wife, Rhonda, likely will not be escorting her husband to many Super Bowl XLV parties in early February; the Dallas-based couple has decided to separate after ten years of marriage.

The couple announced their marriage split publicly a day after after a local blog revealed that Rhonda Aikman had purchased, in her name, a $1.6 million dollar Mediterranean home (pictured below, top) in Preston Hollow, north of Highland Park, on Nov. 5, 2010. The 5,207-square-foot home home has 5 bedrooms, 5.5 half bathrooms, graceful arches and textures of stone and stucco. Aikman has also reportedly moved his offices from downtown Dallas into his Highland Park home.
In a statement to the Dallas Morning News, the former Dallas Cowboys star quarterback, now a television sportscaster with Fox network, and part-owner of the San Diego Padres, asked for family privacy:

"It was a difficult decision, but after 10 years of marriage we have decided to separate," Aikman
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said. "We remain deeply committed to our children and respectfully ask that you honor our family's privacy during this period of adjustment."

Rumors had been circulating in Dallas for the last three months, and Rhoda was noticeably absent from the family's annual Christmas party, held at the posh Aikman home in the wealthy enclave of Highland Park.

The couple built their 11,000-square-foot dream home (pictured below, bottom) in 2005, and it is valued at more than $7 million. Recently, the Aikmans expanded their estate, buying an almost acre lot next door to their home for about $8 million. They built a pool, cabana, and play yard for their young children. The couple have two daughters together; Rhonda Aikman has a daughter from a previous marriage.

Aikman was once named the most eligible bachelor in Dallas by Texas Monthly. He has dated country singer Lorrie Morgan, Sandra Bullock, and actress Janine Turner. He married Rhonda, a former publicist for the Cowboys, on April 8, 2000, in Plano, Tex.




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