Ricky Watters Had an Amazing Career, Too

Ricky Watters Had an Amazing Career, Too

In case you've been wondering why Ricky Watters has been in the news so much recently, it's because he'll be the Eagles' honorary captain this Sunday, and will address the fans before the game against the Lions. Of course, Watters isn't often remembered in Philadelphia for his 5,112 yards from scrimmage and 32 touchdowns in three seasons with the Birds. You know where this is going...

Watters has been making the media rounds all week, and everybody seems to have their take on his infamous "For who? For what?" line. That was his response in 1995 when a reporter why he short-armed a Randall Cunningham pass with a defender bearing down on him.

It was his first game as an Eagle.

Watters went on 94WIP on Wednesday and admitted he wished he hadn't said it (he apologized at the time, too), that he loves the city and its fans. Obviously that's probably true, otherwise why bother coming back at all, even if he is a Harrisburg native? Sadly though, For who, For what is all most people seem to think about, or talk about most of the time anyway.

It was only three years, but Watters actually had an impressive stint in Philly -- on the field. Coming off a Super Bowl championship with San Francisco, Watters joined the Birds as a free agent, and actually went to the Pro Bowl his first two seasons here. '96 was his most impressive campaign, leading the NFL in carries (353) and yards from scrimmage (1,855) while establishing career highs in rushing yards (1,411) and touchdowns (13).

The Eagles still had some tough defenses at the time, but Watters was
the offense. Philadelphia posted 10-6 records in '95 and '96, went to
the playoffs both seasons, even won a game one year. Rodney Peete and Ty
Detmer were the quarterbacks.

Watters eclipsed 1,100 yards on the ground and 400 yards receiving every year he was here before moving on to finish out his career in Seattle. He had three more 1,200-yard seasons before retiring in 2001 with over 10,000 rushing yards and 78 rushing touchdowns, those totals still good for 20th and 19th all-time over 10 years later. Watters also ranks 20th with 14,891 yards from scrimmage, and 26th with 91 total touchdowns.

Even though For who, For what is what people will always think of first, most fans realize he was a good back -- the numbers suggest he was borderline Hall-of-Fame good. So remember what Ricky said, but just remember how well he played the game, too.

More:
>> 'For Who, For What?' forced Ricky Watters to gorw up [CSN]
>> Marcus Hayes: Watters lives with aftereffects of punishing career [DN]

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

Villanova headlined Philly college basketball action today with a 78-68 win over Providence, led by Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins (see full recap). The win is dampened with the news that Phil Booth is increasingly unlikely to return this season as he still deals with knee discomfort (see story).

Here's a snapshot from the rest of area hoops today.

Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The way it played this week, No. 21 Purdue is acting like a team that is determined to be in the race for the Big Ten championship all the way to the end of the regular season.

Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Purdue built an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-52 victory over Penn State on Saturday, four days after shooting 60.4 percent in a 91-68 victory against Illinois.

Against Penn State, the Boilermakers (16-4, 5-2) got 13 points from freshman guard Carsen Edwards and 10 each from Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards.

"I would just say we were coming out ready to play," said Vince Edwards, who added seven rebounds and three assists. "Our goal is to win the Big Ten. Our focus is to take care of business."

Josh Reaves led Penn State (11-9, 3-4) with 12 points. The Nittany Lions made only 20 of 64 field goal attempts (31.3 percent) and were outrebounded 39-30. Purdue shot 56.6 percent (30 of 53) (see full recap).

Drexel drops road game at CAA-leading UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Devontae Cacok scored 12 points and set a Colonial Athletic Association record with 24 rebounds, helping UNC Wilmington stay perfect in conference with an 87-74 win over Drexel on Saturday.

Cacok, whose previous career-high rebounding was 16, broke the school record (21) and conference record (22) late in the second half as the Seahawks cruised to their ninth straight home win, tying the best mark in program history.

UNC Wilmington (19-2, 8-0) led 53-51 with 15:01 left before four players combined to rattle off 12 straight points. Cacok capped the run with one of his 11 offensive rebounds and a dunk to give the Seahawks a 65-51 lead with 11:23 remaining.

UNC Wilmington is off to its best start ever and has won 24 of its last 26 conference games, including 12 straight. Chris Flemmings led the Seahawks with 17 points.

Sammy Mojica had 15 points and Rodney Williams added 14 for Drexel (7-13, 1-6), which has lost seven of eight (see full recap).

Delaware swept in season series with Towson
NEWARK, Del. -- Mike Morsell and Arnaud William Adala Moto pulled down a dozen boards as Towson won its fourth straight and a season sweep of Delaware with a 75-58 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers are fresh off a win over Hofstra that saw them erase a 16-point first-half deficit, and momentum carried over when they built a 17-point lead at halftime.

Alex Thomas and John Davis added 13 and 12 points, respectively, but Towson saw its streak of three-straight games shooting better than 50 percent end. The Tigers hit 26 of 55 shots from the floor (47.3 percent), including 6 of 15 from deep.

Delaware snapped a six-game losing streak Thursday with a win over Northeastern. Ryan Daly scored 21 points for Delaware and became the first freshman in school history to post six 20-plus efforts in a season. He reached double-digits for the 12th time in 13 games (see full recap).