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]

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).