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50.  Ricky Watters
You never had to wonder what was on Ricky Watters's 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.

Should Ricky Watters be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 75.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.6%
No opinion. - 0.4%
No way! - 4.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2007
  • Position: Running Back
  • Games Played: 144
  • Notable Statistics: 2,622 Rushing Attempts
    10,643 Rushing Yards
    78 Rushing Touchdowns
    467 Receptions
    4,248 Receiving Yards
    13 Receiving Touchdowns
    1 Pass Completion
    2 Pass Attempts
    1 Passing Yard
    1 Touchdown Pass
    122 Approximate Value

    11 Playoff Games
    175 Rushing Attempts
    666 Rushing Yards
    8 Rushing Touchdowns
    41 Receptions
    481 Receiving Yards
    4 Receiving Touchdowns
  • Played For: Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks
  • College: Notre Dame
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 45th Overall in 1991
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Second Team All-Pro Selection (3) (1994, 1995 & 1996)
    Pro Bowl Selections (5) (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 & 1996)
    Most Rushing Attempts (1) (1996)
    Most Yards From Scrimmage (1) (1996)
    Super Bowl Rings (1) (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIX)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (1) (1994)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Attempts (5) (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999)
    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: Rushing Yards per Attempt (3) (1992, 1993 & 2000)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per 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: 21.   Rushing Attempts: 21
    22.   Rushing Touchdowns: 78
    24.   Rushing Yards: 10,643
    27.   Yards from Scrimmage: 14,891
    28.   Rushing Yards per Game: 73.9
    31.   Touchdowns: 91
    41.   All-Purpose Yards: 14,891

Should Ricky Watters be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 75.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.6%
No opinion. - 0.4%
No way! - 4.4%
Last modified on Sunday, 20 March 2022 02:39


-10 #3 Jason Kushner 2013-08-12 18:37
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.w e 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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-3 #2 Andy 2012-12-14 03:24
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.
+4 #1 Robert 2012-07-14 15:40
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.....wa sn't. Either give Dunn more respect or stop all this stuff about Ricky getting in.

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