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By Randy Gurzi
Many people choose to remember the bad press running back Ricky Watters received during his time with the Eagles. After failing to stretch out for a pass from Randall Cunningham, Watters reacted angrily when questioned and said, “For who, for what?”
Looking back on that, Watters has said he would love to have a do-over. He was an incredibly hard-working player and wishes he hadn’t painted himself as being selfish.
"“I wish I hadn’t said it. Obviously I don’t want to be known as that, especially in the city that I love, with great fans that are definitely not fair-weathered fans, I’ll tell you that much,” Watters said according to Spike Eskin of Philadelphia’s CBS Local"
Here, we look past that comment and judge what Watters did for the team on the field. And what he did was phenomenal. A free agent signing in 1995, Watters spent his first four seasons in the NFL playing for the San Francisco 49ers, where he made three Pro Bowls and won one Super Bowl.
With the Eagles, he made two more Pro Bowl appearances and was one of the most productive backs in their existence. In three seasons, Watters had 4,009 yards on the ground and 31 touchdowns. He added another 1,318 yards and one touchdown as a receiver.
That works out to be an average of 1,775 yards from scrimmage in his three campaigns with the Eagles. To this day, Watters is an underrated running back and was in his prime with the Eagles.