Ricky Waters may be one of the most controversial Running backs of his time He was very passionate and is known to Eagle fans for his remark "For who, For what?" after not going after a pass. This was over 10 years ago but I believe it is one reason the Hall of Fame voters have kept him out. He has run for 10,643 yards, seventy-eight rushing touchdowns, 467 receptions, 4,248 receiving yards, and thirteen receiving touchdowns. You do the basic addition that is 14,891 total yards and 91 total touchdowns. The great LaDainian Tomlinson has 15,986 total yards and is a sure first ballot hall of famer. What people don’t know is Ricky Watters gained more yards with Seattle than any other team, and played for Seattle the longest. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/W/WattRi00.htm granted he won a super bowl with the 49ers but had his least productive years there.
The facts and stats are there it just does not make sense for him not be in the hall as he was one of the few running backs in NFL history to have successful years after the age of 29. He went to 5 Pro-bowls he is a 3 time All-pro running back and one outburst should not keep him out. Watters has also stayed out of trouble in the NFL he was a passionate person and sometimes it gets the better of. Watters also had a three-touchdown performance in Super Bowl XXIX. He has had a three touchdown performance in the superbowl and has achieved much in the NFL. Point is the NFL is the players job, they get a paycheck for it and the better you are at your jobs the bigger contract you get. At the end of players career if they happened to do extremely well and have reached accomplishments not many have they get honored or they are supposed to and Waters should get honored by being in the Hall of Fame. He retired in 2001 as a Seattle Seahawk after a shoulder injury sidelined him early in the season leaving the door opened for young Running back Shaun Alexander to take the job from the aging Watters. The only runningbacks in the last 10 years who has had succesful years over 30 are Emmit Smith, and Jerome Bettis. Both of those backs are Hall worthy and so is Watters.