Blue and Gold Illustrated

Sept. 16, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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where have you gone? Ricky Watters, 1987-90 Running Back Former NFL star finds a new calling as a high school coach By Dan Murphy T A running back on Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team, Watters ran for 1,814 yards and 21 touchdowns during his four years in South Bend. photo courtesy notre dame sports information he entire bottle of 5-Hour Energy disappeared behind the mass of Ricky Watters' two gigantic rings when he cracked its seal in a South Bend hotel lobby on the first morning of September. The bottom half was cloaked by the five glistening diamonds on the Super Bowl ring Watters won in 1994 with the San Francisco 49ers. The top was engulfed by the blue stone of the last national championship rings given out at Notre Dame. He set the full shotsized bottle on the table in front of him and leaned his elbows on to his knees and started to talk. A day earlier Watters flew from his home in central Florida through a thunderstorm in time to watch the second half of Notre Dame's seasonopening victory over Temple. He appeared as a guest on the school's postgame radio show before catching up with old friends and teammates. The day before he stood on a humiditysoaked high school football sideline for the first time as a head coach and watched his team come within a bad quarter of upsetting the defending 8A state champions. The weekend had been long. But

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