San Francisco 49ers, NFL
- Super Bowl Champion with the San Francisco 49ers (1995)
- 5X Pro Bowl Selection (1992-1996)
- 3X All-Pro Selection (1994-1996)
- Member of the 10,000 Rushing Yards Club
- 1988 NCAA National Champion with the University of Notre Dame
Ricky Watters was an NFL running back for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks. Ricky was known throughout his playing career for his outstanding receiving skills and his unique high-step running style, which earned him the nickname Ricky “Running” Watters. Recruited in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the 49ers, Ricky reached the NFC Championship Game in 1992, 1993 and 1994 with San Francisco before winning Super Bowl XXIX. During that game, he scored three touchdowns in their 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Ricky joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1995 as a free agent, helping the Eagles get to the playoffs in 1995 and 1996. Ricky was honored as a three-time All-Pro Running Back and participated in five Pro Bowls. He continues to be the only running back ever to run for 1,000 yards for three different teams.
Ricky also had an illustrious collegiate career. The number one recruit in the country in 1987, Ricky chose to play for legendary Head Coach Lou Holtz at the University of Notre Dame. In 1988, Notre Dame defeated #3 ranked West Virginia 34-21 in the Fiesta Bowl to secure the school’s 11th national championship. The 1988 Notre Dame team cemented its place as one of the greatest teams in the history of college football after their win. In 1989, Notre Dame contended for the national championship again and ended the season with a convincing win over #1 ranked Colorado in the Orange Bowl, finishing the season #2 behind Miami. An All-American wide receiver and running back, Ricky was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. By the time Ricky retired in 2001, he rushed for 10,643 yards and 78 touchdowns. Currently, Ricky mentors at risk youth and supports local sports and youth charities, including his own football camp, The official Ricky Watters Pro Football Experience. As a result of his achievements and work in the community, Ricky was recently inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame.