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Ricky Watters
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Ricky Watters is on a very short list of players to win championships on the grade school, high school, college, and pro levels. And since his retirement, he's carried on the work of a champion off the field as well, working with youth charities and helping retired NFL players.
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Sports and Torts: Ricky Watters Part One
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Sports and Torts: Ricky Watters Part Two
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Ricky Watters
Born Richard James Watters or Ricky "Running" Watters, a nickname given to him by ESPN's Chris Berman, because of his unique high-stepping running style, was born April 7, 1969 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Football became a passion at an early age. Ricky starred on the Pee Wee, Pony, and Midget (Varsity)levels for the Harrisburg Packers and O.L.B.S (Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament) the catholic grade school he attended from first to eighth grade. He went on to show coaches and scouts that he was a special talent at Bishop McDevitt High School, where he became the number one recruit in the country. Sought after by every major college program in the NCAA, he decided to sign with the University of Notre Dame where he became an all American wide receiver and running back and became a starter on the 1988 National Championship team. After a solid four year campaign at the college level, Ricky went on to have a Hall of Fame caliber career. Playing eleven years in the NFL, four with the San Francisco 49ers, three with the Philadelphia Eagles, and four with the Seattle Seahawks, Ricky was honored as a 3 time All-Pro Running Back and participated in 5 Pro Bowls. He also holds the record for scoring 5 touchdowns in a playoff game (against Lawrence Taylor and the New York Giants Defense) and his 3 TD performance in Super Bowl XXIX vs. the San Diego Chargers. Ricky is the only running back ever to run for 1,000 yards for three different teams. And he trails only the late great Walter Payton for consecutive starts by a running back. A true champion, Ricky is on a very short list of players to win championships on the grade school, high school, college, and pro levels.

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