You never had to wonder what was on Ricky Watters mind. He would tell you whether it was good or bad, and that brashness made him a very polarizing figure in the NFL. It is also possible that this is why the Hall of Fame has yet to look his way.
Ricky Watters was one of the most consistent Running Backs in the National Football League. He gained 1,000 yards on the ground seven times while catching fifty passes five times. Watters was the player that teams went to when they wanted to move the chains. With that said, he was far from a darling of the press and it has been speculated that this could be a factor that could keep him out of the Hall of Fame.
He did post sufficient career numbers but failed to have that one season where he was the most dominant Running Back in the NFL. If he had, it would have been near impossible for Ricky Watters to be snubbed.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Eligible Since: 2007
Position: Running Back
Played for: San Francisco 49ers Philadelphia Eagles Seattle Seahawks
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2nd Round, 45th Overall in 1991
Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (5) (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 & 1996) Second Team All Pro Selection (3) (1994, 1995 & 1996) Most Yards From Scrimmage (1) (1996) Super Bowl Rings (1) (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIX)
Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (5) (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999) Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (5) (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 & 1998) Top Ten Finishes: Yards/Rushing Attempt (3) (1992, 1993 & 2000) Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards/Game (4) (1992, 1993, 1995 & 1996) Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (4) (1992, 1993, 1994 & 1996) Top Ten Finishes: Yards from Scrimmage (8) (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2000) Top Ten Finishes: All Purpose Yards (1) (1996)
Notable All Time Rankings: 19. Yards from Scrimmage: 14,891 19. Rushing Touchdowns: 78 20. Rushing Yards: 10,643 25. Touchdowns: 91 26. Rushing Yards/Game: 73.9 29. All Purpose Yards: 14,891