December 23, 1996 |
Ray Rhodes is going back to San Francisco. With their 29-19 victory over Arizona yesterday, the Eagles finished the regular season with a 10-6 record for the second straight year. Rhodes becomes the first Eagles head coach ever to lead the team to the playoffs in each of his first two years. As the No. 5 seed in the NFC, the Eagles will play the 49ers, runners-up to Carolina in the NFC West, at 4 p.m. Sunday in a wild-card playoff game at 3Com Park. The Eagles found out where they would be going after putting the slow squeeze on the Cardinals at Veterans Stadium.
September 17, 1996 |
Call it the West Coast offense if you think that sounds catchy. Talk about using the short passing game to replace the running game if it rings your bell. The numbers say that the more the Eagles run the ball like a good, old-fashioned NFC East team, the better they do. Put another way: The more tired Ricky Watters is after a game, the more likely that the Eagles have won. Watters was too exhausted to stand up straight at the end of Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Detroit Lions.
September 22, 1997 |
The Eagles were off yesterday, but they weren't idle. They hosted the Eagles Youth Partnership Carnival, which benefits the Philadelphia community in the areas of education and child health. Above, Janee Squadrito (86) and Deanna D'Antonio (center) check out the cheerleaders' dance moves. Autographs also were part of the program. Here, Ricky Watters prepares to sign a cap.
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
December 6, 1996 |
The Eagles, one of the healthiest teams in the NFL this season, got smacked around by the Colts and lost the services of three of their best players early in the game last night. Only one returned. Running back Ricky Watters suffered a mild concussion late in the first quarter. He returned to action with nine minutes left in the second quarter. Cornerback Troy Vincent went out with a strained patella tendon in his right knee in the second quarter, and free safety Brian Dawkins went out five plays later with a strained groin.
August 23, 1997 |
Emily Sara Biddle, 4, of Northeast Philadelphia, poster child for the Eagles Fly for Leukemia fund-raising drive and one of running back Ricky Watters' biggest fans, died of cancer Thursday at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Emily and Watters were featured on a poster promoting the nonprofit organization that raises money for cancer research and supports pediatric cancer-treatment centers in the region. Eagles players volunteer their time for the program. Emily was recommended as poster child by staff members at St. Christopher's.
March 27, 1995 |
The Eagles' offense is about to receive a major injection of energy, personality, cockiness and, more importantly, backfield production the likes of which Philly hasn't seen since Wilbert Montgomery's prime. Ricky Watters will catch a 1 p.m. flight from San Francisco and arrive in town late tonight. The Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers officially made Watters an Eagle on Saturday by declining to match a three-year, $6.9 million offer sheet tendered by the Birds on March 18. In the end, according to 49ers president Carmen Policy, San Francisco's brass decided that Watters, a "transition" player, was not worth the kind of financial commitment being made by the Eagles.
September 12, 1996 |
Whenever Ed Buecker flips on a radio call-in show and the fans begins tearing apart Eagles running back Ricky Watters, he wishes each of them could have been at his house when the phone rang last Friday. Three days before the Eagles' blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers - during which Watters again coughed up the ball at a key juncture - Buecker picked up the receiver and found Watters on the other end of the line. Watters was calling to say hello to Buecker's son, Bobby, 13, who was diagnosed with a malignant tumor behind his bladder the previous week and started chemotheraphy treatments at Children's Hospital.
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.
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.