Dallas Cowboys:Top 10 Candidates for the Ring of Honor, Charlie Waters

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The Top 10 Candidates for the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor continues this week with a new candidate.  To review the profiles of the previous eight candidates, please click here.

harrisLooking back on the History of the Cowboys there have been many impact players. The standards that have been set for the Ring of Honor are very high. Only the elite are chosen to be enshrined. I decided to write about a guy who I feel has never gotten the recognition he deserved. But, when you played in the shadow of Cliff Harris it is easy to be overlooked by many.

Charlie Waters was born on September 10th, 1948 in Miami Florida. He began his football career at Augusta High School as a wide receiver. He was later moved to the quarterback position where he became good enough to play in the 1965 Shrine Bowl. He went on to get a scholarship from Clemson University, and by his junior year he was competing with Billy Ammons for the starting job. He earned 3 letters from 1967-1969. He was later moved to split end and went on to be an All-ACC selection in 1969 as a wide receiver.waters3

Waters was never one of the strongest or fastest players, but he was very athletic and had a high football IQ. During his Clemson career, he caught 68 passes for 1,196 yards; he averaged 17.1 yards per catch and caught four touchdowns. More than 40 years later,  Waters still ranks eighth all-time for yards per reception and eighteenth all-time in receiving yards. Waters was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1981. He also was inducted into the Hall of Fame for North Augusta and South Carolina.

Waters was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1970 NFL Draft. In spite of the fact that (much like Drew Pearson) some of the staff wanted to release him in training camp, Landry, who was always known as the “Great Innovator”, saw his talent and decided to try an experiment by converting Waters to a defensive back.

Charlie went on to make the Dallas Cowboys roster as a back up to Cliff Harris at free safety. He ended up starting 6 games when Harris had to serve military duty. He impressed Landry by snagging 5 interceptions that season and went on to make the All-Rookie team as a free safety in 1970. The Cowboys lost Super Bowl V that year.

watersWaters was buried on the Dallas Cowboys depth chart for 4 years as a backup, but in 1975 he finally got a shot as the starting strong safety to replace the legendary Cornell Green. He made 3 interceptions, including returning one for a touchdown (55 total return yards). The Cowboys made it to Super Bowl X that year and lost to the Steelers.

In 1976 he was selected as an All-Pro playing along side Cliff Harris. The two would prove to be one of the best and most feared safety tandems in the history of football. Waters was selected as an All-Pro twice (1977 and 1978) and to the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons (1976-1978). They didn’t keep track of tackles for him, but in only 62 starts he logged 2 safeties and 41 interceptions for 584 yards and 2 touchdowns.

He played 12 seasons with the Cowboys and he never experienced a losing season. The Cowboys only missed the playoffs one time during that time. He played in five Super Bowls: V, VI, X, XII, and XIII, with victories in VI and XII.

To this day he still holds the NFL record for the most post season interceptions with 9. He remains one of the greatest Cowboys of all time.waters4

Waters was nominated for the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 2001, but he didn’t get elected. After retirement he also had a pretty solid career as a coach. In 2006, the Cowboys hired him to be the new color commentator for the Cowboys Radio Network, working next to Brad Sham when the former color commentator Babe Laufenberg (ex Cowboys quarterback) resigned his post to spend time with his family. Outside of football, he currently works with longtime teammate Cliff Harris at a gas marketing company. If there is anyone who deserves to be enshrined in the Cowboys Ring Of Honor, It is Charlie Waters. So My question to you Mr. Jerry jones is:

“Why Isn’t Charlie Waters In The Dallas Cowboys Ring Of Honor?”



You should be able to figure out the remaining players that we will feature in our list of the TOP TEN Dallas Cowboys Not Already in the Ring of Honor. If you feel strongly about a particular player, feel free to email me your reasons why you think they deserve to be in the Ring of Honor, and I may include your thoughts with the profile of that player. Similarly, if you have a favorite story or memory about one of the players, email me that and I may include it. My email is cjlandryhat@hotmail.com.

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  • cjwright

    The more I read these profiles, the more impossible it seems to pick just 3 players for induction.

    • cjwright Gosh I know, this is just a mess. They all deserve to be in.

  • Defense 28

    great article cowgirl. as I have said before on this site my favorate cowboy of all time. He should dfinately be in the ring of honor, I think before anyone else but I am a bit bias. I think he should also be in the hall one of the best big game players. I think he meant to the defense what roger meant to the offense. Jerry the reject should have put him in the ring long ago.

    • Defense 28 Thank You. I wasn’t around to see Waters play, but I have seen video of the old games. He was one of the best safeties of all time. He was Mr. Clutch on defense.

  • waynoootn

    I used to love watching Charlie waters play.There were times he wasnt even in the picture frame, then all of a sudden he was flying through the air separating the receiver from the ball.

    • waynoootn he made tons of interceptions for a safety

  • Football Mensa

    (He played 12 seasons with the Cowboys and he never experienced a losing season.) …( he never experienced a losing season) just once more, please….( he never experienced a losing season )….ok my tears are dried up , now I can get back to life.

    • Football Mensa a lot of the Landry players never did with 20 consecutive winning seasons. The saddest reality is they attended 12 championship games over 17 yrs. The current Cowboys have 1 playoff win in 17 yrs.

      • Football Mensa

        yup Cas. I was thinking back to what I grew up with and what kids today grow up with. My eyes cry then I wipe my tears and get back to life. Jerry has created such a sad legacy in Dallas.

        • Football Mensa proving the proverb correct: “Pride Cometh Before A Fall” JJ will never get it.