No NFL team drafted Waxahachie native and North Texas alum Brian Waters. The Dallas Cowboys signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1999. He was slotted to play the fullback position, but was released during training camp.
The Kansas City Chiefs picked up Waters and moved him to the offensive line, where he became an anchor of that unit for the next 11 seasons. Six times he earned a Pro Bowl selection and twice he was named All-Pro.
This year, badly needing to shore up the middle of the O-Line, the Cowboys wooed Waters out of retirement. Within a couple of weeks, Waters was inserted into the right guard position and commenced playing at the same high level that had marked his career. He was a major influence on the young linemen around him, an example of what kind of work ethic it takes to be among the NFL’s best.
Now, we get word that Waters is out for the season with a torn triceps. It is bad luck for Waters, one of the really good guys in the locker room and one of the best Cowboys players on the field. It is even worse luck for a team that already struggles running the football and has struggled in the past protecting its quarterback.
Twitter is alive right now with Waters news and tributes…
THIS JUST IN: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirms on his radio show that G Brian Waters will miss the rest of 2013 with an injury.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 29, 2013
It'd be shame if this is how Brian Waters goes out. Was playing well enough for 7th Pro Bowl nod. What a career for undrafted guy outta UNT.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 29, 2013
Brian Waters is beyond an enormous loss for the Cowboys. He salvaged an offensive line that was the biggest question coming into the season.
— Craig Hoffman (@craighoffman) October 29, 2013
With Waters, the Cowboys are a .500 team.
What will they be without him?