June 7, 1995 |
Ol' No. 20 was back at Veterans Stadium yesterday. Andre Waters - one of the NFL's fiercest hitters in his prime - was invited to Philadelphia by coach Ray Rhodes, who asked him to work out and give the Eagles one more year. Does he have anything left? "I think I can play one more year - to offer leadership to the young guys on this team and Ray Rhodes," said Waters, who was hobbled by injuries last year in Arizona and released by Buddy Ryan. "But, mainly, I want to get the opportunity to retire with the team I started with.
March 20, 2015
BELLE GLADE, Fla. - They call it "The Muck. " Life at the bottom layer of the world's most powerful economy necessitates the acceptance of a certain degree of irony. You feel you cannot beat it, and so you join it, you embrace it, you claim it as your own. In this small, impoverished region on the south shore of Lake Okeechobee, the muck is something more than the damp, mineral-rich soil in which you attempt to cultivate a life. It is life. It is where you are from. The cemetery sits on the edge of a sugar-cane field where dirt rises in clouds above the beds of F-150s and green stalks tremble beneath the bellies of yellow crop-dusters.
December 17, 1989 |
For the longest time, the handmade nameplate was stuck above Andre Waters' dressing stall. A locker-room prankster had pasted "Dirty" in front of Waters' name. Even among friends, the Eagles' strong safety couldn't escape his reputation as a player who slipped all too often when walking the narrow line that separates aggressive from illegal on the playing field. Waters had been fined for illegal hits on quarterbacks David Archer of the Falcons in 1986 and Jim Everett of the Rams last season.
November 4, 1987 |
For nearly everyone who watched the Eagles last season, including Buddy Ryan and his coaching staff, Andre Waters probably led the team in being blatantly obvious - sometimes for better, occasionally for worse. Indeed, it was hard not to notice Waters somewhere in the violent scheme of things, usually at its focal point. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound strong safety from Cheyney University turned in an inordinate number of big plays and compiled some superb statistics on his way to a host of defensive honors and the occasional tribute of thunderous applause.
February 11, 2010
BELLE GLADE, Fla. - It is called Foreverglades Cemetery. Word play seems out of place at a burial ground, but there you have it. This is where Andre Waters rests, in Plot No. 118. "Waters?" asks the man behind the desk in the office, reaching for a file drawer. "How many years ago?" "Three. " "Three? It doesn't seem that long," says a woman working on the other side of the room. She stands up. "I'll take him out," she tells her co-worker. "You know, Andre was my classmate.
September 24, 1991 |
By now the experts have spoken, the cameras are through recording, the coach and key players have commented, and the columnists have caviled about the Eagles' 23-14 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. Only one essential player has yet to speak. He is the man with the ultimate insight into how the Eagles arrested the Steelers' runaway freight train of an offense in the first half. The real truth has not yet been told. But it is about to be. And to get that truth, you must listen now to the breathless, belligerent, engaging, eccentric, poetic, hilarious perspective of one Andre Waters, the strong safety who knows - knows beyond any doubt - why the game was almost lost before it was finally won. Herewith the story of Andre and the shirt.
October 22, 1991 |
A hypothetical question about reality as it is known in the NFL: If a player allegedly hits another player in a football stadium on a Sunday afternoon in broad daylight, but the fracas is not recorded by NFL Films, does that mean the alleged assault never happened? The NFL said yesterday that it had reached no decision on whether Eagles defensive back Andre Waters would be fined, suspended, pilloried, spanked or cleared of accusations that he attacked Eric Martin of the New Orleans Saints after a game on Oct. 13 at Veterans Stadium.
November 21, 2006 |
The news yesterday of the death of former Eagles strong safety Andre Waters saddened those who knew the hard-hitting defensive back, who was known for his tenacity on the field and generosity off it. Mr. Waters, 44, was found by his girlfriend at his home in Tampa, Fla., early yesterday, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The medical examiner's office confirmed that he had shot himself in the head. Mr. Waters had just completed his first season as defensive coordinator for Fort Valley State in Macon, Ga. "He was a great teammate, a hell of a player," said former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan in a phone interview.
July 14, 1995 |
With less than two months to go before Cheyney University's opening football game, the Wolves are still without a head coach. And although athletic director Andy Hinson hopes to rectify that situation by Monday, it may be a tough task. Hinson was hoping to bring in four or five candidates for interviews today, but as of yesterday he hadn't been able to contact the man many alumni are clamoring for - Andre Waters. "I'd like to make some recommendations (for a coach) to the president so that, by Monday, we might be able to release something," Hinson said earlier this week.
February 18, 1993 |
With their two best safeties aging and recovering from serious injuries, the Eagles plan to aggressively pursue free-agent strong safety Tim McDonald of the Phoenix Cardinals, club president Harry Gamble indicated yesterday. McDonald, 28, a fierce tackler and team leader, this month made his third trip to the Pro Bowl after leading the Cardinals in tackles in 1992. The Eagles have made shoring up the secondary among their highest off- season priorities. For more than half of last season they were without strong safety Andre Waters, who broke his left leg against Washington on Oct. 18, and was not activated until the playoff loss to Dallas.