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39. Ricky Watters

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Ricky Watters
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

Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame:
Never



Should Ricky Watters be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 16.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 41.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 25%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 16.7%
Last modified on Sunday, 23 February 2014 21:49

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0 #1 Robert 2012-07-14 11:40
Look at Ricky's numbers and compare them to Warrick Dunn's. There isn't much difference. But no one is talking about putting Dunn in the HOF. Add the fact that Dunn lost a lot of TD's to Alstot and he looks even better. Dunn was also a stand up guy and Ricky.....wasn' t. Either give Dunn more respect or stop all this stuff about Ricky getting in.
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+1 #2 Andy 2012-12-13 22:24
Well for one, Warrick had 38 more games to achieve what Ricky Watters did with less touchdowns and a much lower yards per game average. Ricky averaged over 100 yards from scrimmage per game over his entire career. If you average out the yards from scrimmage of every NFL player in history, you'll find that there are only a handful to have achieved. Ricky also scored 3 TDs in a Super Bowl and 5 TDs in a playoff game. I'm saying, he has the pedigree - the only thing holding him back is perception. From a shear numbers standpoint, there's no reason he shouldn't get in.
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-3 #3 Jason Kushner 2013-08-12 14:37
There is nothing wrong with the way ricky watters played. i love trash talking people. most humans behave just as ricky behaved. humans are not supposed to be nice cuddly muppet baby characters.we are supposed to trash talk and act like ricky. life is too short to be like barney .THIS IS REAL LIFE NOT FAMILY TIES OR FULL HOUSE YOU PIECE OF SHIT

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