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June 7, 1995 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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December 17, 1989 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 4, 1987 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
September 24, 1991 | By Mark Bowden, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 22, 1991 | By Dave Caldwell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 21, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 14, 1995 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
SPORTS
February 18, 1993 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Glen Macnow contributed to this article
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.
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January 8, 2016
By Ramesh Raghupathi, Eugene Hong, and Thomas Trojian We continue to hear their names: former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, Steelers Hall of Fame center Mike Webster, Eagles safety Andre Waters, Hall of Fame quarterback and sports commentator Frank Gifford. Since their deaths, they have become high-profile examples of people diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative condition for which there is no cure and that can be diagnosed only by autopsy, after a person dies.
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December 16, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Staff Writer
IF YOU ever want to dabble in time travel, try whispering two words to Philadelphia Eagles fans of a certain age: Andre Waters. Let it sink in for a moment, like a secret password, and watch the years disappear from their faces. Wistful smiles replace the usual heavy frowns. Waters was an underdog who had to fight and claw for his job - not the most naturally gifted guy on the field, but one of the toughest. He was, in other words, the embodiment of all the blue collar traits Philly sports fans always hope to see in a local athlete.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
August 18, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
A dark depression dogged Donnie Moore when, in 1989, the star-crossed reliever, recently released, put a bullet in his brain. Eighty-two years earlier, Chick Stahl, a .307 lifetime hitter in 10 big-league seasons, ingested a fatal dose of poison in his Indiana hotel room. And it was during a 1940 road trip to Boston when Cincinnati Reds catcher Willard Hershberger sliced his jugular with a razor. Locker rooms are, in many ways, fortresses. The sports sanctuaries are designed to insulate athletes from autograph-seekers, other fans and, for all but brief designated periods, the media.
SPORTS
September 9, 2012 | By Jason Nark, Daily News Staff Writer
There we were: me and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, bonding over our glories on the gridiron, just chewing the fat and slapping backs on a wild guys night out in Atlantic City. "You scored two touchdowns in one preseason game when you were 14? Well, damn, you got me beat," he said. "We're hitting up one of these classy, casino steak joints and I'm buying. " We were standing on the floor of the Atlantic City Convention Center. Hall of Famer Bruce Smith was also standing there, grinning.
SPORTS
August 21, 2011 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Mike Patterson has awakened in an ambulance, unsure of what happened to put him there. He has gone through the tests and talked to the doctors and weighed his options. He has heard the words arteriovenous malformation and the acronym AVM and absorbed the fact that something he'd never heard of was going to influence his life from now on. So only Patterson can make the choices he has to make. Surgery or another option? Now or later? Play football again or play it safe?
SPORTS
November 11, 2010
JAMES HARRISON, Quintin Mikell and all the other defensive players in the NFL have legitimate gripes. There is confusion over what is excessive and what is acceptable. Players aren't sure. Refs aren't sure. The call on Kurt Coleman against the Colts was ridiculous. But there is a reason the NFL has stepped up its enforcement of dangerous hits and why guys keep getting letters from the league's disciplinary department that include fines and suspensions. Former Bears and Eagles quarterback Jim McMahon played from 1982-96.
SPORTS
September 29, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - The first time Chris Nowinski asked for the brain of a dead athlete, he wrote out a script. That wasn't an easy call he was about to make to the family of Andre Waters after the former Eagles safety committed suicide in 2006. Nowinski believed that if he said one word wrong - "if I paused wrong" - the answer would be no. Since that phone call, which resulted in Nowinski obtaining access to some of Waters' brain tissue, the former Harvard football player and professional wrestler has joined with a research team at Boston University School of Medicine that is studying chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head trauma.
SPORTS
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.
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