August 14, 2015 |
THE ENTIRE vibe changed when Ricky and the Rev showed up for training camp. In the early days of the 22-year run of the Jeffrey Lurie Era, those two skilled players legitimized the Eagles as a viable NFL team: Ricky Watters and Irving Fyrar. Watters' "For who, for what?" legacy clouds the magnificence of his three-year stretch as the Eagles' premier player. The bizarre nature of Fryar's life post-Eagles - his unretirement from football; the church he founded; his recent conviction on mortgage fraud charges - clouds the fact that he was the Eagles' only Pro Bowl receiver for an 11-year span.
December 27, 2013 |
WITH ALL due respect to Brian Westbrook, Duce Staley and the inimitable Ricky Watters, there never has been a back with the gifts of LeSean McCoy. Indeed, only the romance of the run by the La Salle men's basketball team and the shameless self-promotion of ageless boxer Bernard Hopkins kept McCoy from . . . er . . . running away with the award. Mostly, it's because the balloting ends a month before football season ends. Yes, McCoy has been enabled by flashy new coach Chip Kelly, who finished third in the voting.
December 24, 2013 |
ON SUNDAY NIGHT, Eagles coach Chip Kelly uttered the now famous words: "We're from Philadelphia and we fight. " That got us to thinking about other notable quotes involving the Eagles. Here's a sampling: * Freddie Mitchell after making fourth-and-26 catch: "I'd like to thank my hands for being so great. " * Ricky Watters : "For who? For what?" * Randall Cunningham: "Let me be me. " * Donovan McNabb about Terrell Owens' criticism of the quarterback's performance in a loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX: "Just keep my name out of your mouth.
October 4, 2013 |
DONTE WHITNER is about to put a bull's-eye on his back. The 49ers safety told reporters yesterday that he is legally changing his last name to "Hitner. " Whitner is appealing a $21,000 fined he received from the NFL for a hit on Rams receiver Chris Givens in last Thursday's game. If he loses the appeal, he can always pay the fine from the sale of T-shirts he's created. They're emblazoned with "#LegalHitner" across the front and sell - on one website - for $28 a pop. Whitner may be best known for a fierce - and legal - helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints running back Pierre Thomas in the 2011 playoffs.
December 24, 2012 |
LeSean McCoy would have been excused had he taken the Eagles' final two games off, but the running back was cleared to play after missing four games because of a concussion. During the week, McCoy had spoken about his desire to get back on the field, and he demonstrated his hunger in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. On a day when he didn't have much running room, McCoy rushed for 45 yards on 13 carries and caught nine passes for 77 yards.
October 12, 2012 |
FOR WHO? For what? Forever. Forever, Ricky Watters will live with his infamous dismissal, his implication that his health was more important than winning a football game. It is what many fans will remember, with disgust, on Sunday when he addresses them as an honorary captain before the Eagles play the Lions. It is ugly irony, then, that, forever, Watters will live with pain he suffers from carrying and catching footballs at Veterans Stadium, among other places; pain, from head to toe. "I got it all," he said.
December 12, 2011
With two touchdowns Sunday against the Dolphins, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy moved to within one touchdown of Steve Van Buren's team records of 18 touchdowns in a season and 15 rushing touchdowns in a season. Here are the lists: Most touchdowns in an Eagles season: Player Year TDs Van Buren 1945 18 McCoy 2011 17 Brian Westbrook 2008 14 Terrell Owens 2004 14 W. Montgomery 1979 14 Van Buren 1947 14 Most rushing touchdowns in an Eagles season: Player Year TDs Van Buren 1945 15 McCoy 2011 14 Ricky Watters 1996 13 Van Buren 1947 13
October 17, 2011
* With his second-quarter touchdown run, LeSean McCoy became the first Eagle to rush for at least one TD in each of the first six games of a season. He's the first player since Ricky Watters in 1995 to have at least one rushing TD in six straight games. The club record is eight by Steve Van Buren in 1947. * The Eagles still have not scored on their first possession this season. They did it eight times last year. * The Eagles had a plus-two turnover ratio yesterday. It was the first time this season they've won a turnover battle, reducing their season turnover ratio to minus-8.
January 18, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Bring up Jameel Poteat in conversation and Eagles running back LeSean McCoy breaks into an ear-to-ear smile. "Hey," McCoy exclaimed one day in the Eagles locker room. "He is a heck of a player. He is the next big thing. " McCoy knows whereof he speaks. Not long ago, he was "the next big thing" to come out of Bishop McDevitt High, which has produced such a wealth of fine ballcarriers through the years that it has become known as "Tailback High. " The tradition goes back more than 25 years, beginning with the emergence of none other than former Eagles running back Ricky Watters.
December 22, 2008
YOU COULDN'T blame Ricky Watters and his wife if they had soured on the idea of adopting a son. They had raised their first adoptive son from birth. Watters, his wife and their oldest son had built a life around their new addition. But that chapter came to a sudden and emotional end when one of the infant's biological grandparents decided she couldn't let him go. "We had him for six months," Watters told me Friday. The former Eagles running back was in town with state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams giving away turkeys.