In a decision that seemed like it was a long time coming, former Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, and Dallas Cowboys guard Brian Waters has officially announced his retirement from the NFL. We’ve seen a few top offensive linemen retire this offseason, as Jordan Gross, Chris Snee, and David Diehl also decided to hang them up, but Waters is the one with the best shot of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. He made a huge name for himself paving the way for top Chiefs running backs and continued that with a fabulous 2011 season with the Patriots en route to a Super Bowl appearance.
Waters, a former six-time Pro Bowler, said in a statement, via the Dallas Morning News’s Brandon George:
“After a long and wonderful career I have decided to retire. I want to thank the coaches, players and fans of the three great organizations that I had the pleasure of working for. First the Dallas Cowboys for giving me my first and last chance of working in the NFL. I will always be grateful. Also the New England Patriots for the most successful season in my career. It was a great ride. Lastly the Kansas City Chiefs where I had pleasure of enjoying eleven wonderful seasons, which I will never forget. I want to thank the many family, friends and my hometown of Waxahachie, Texas for being great supporters. Finally I want to thank my kids for being my greatest motivations. I fought hard daily to make you proud me. If the rest of my life can be half as good as the last 15 years, I will be one of the luckiest people on earth. Thankfully Brian Waters.”
It’s a heartfelt statement from a well-spoken player, and many people misunderstood it when Waters decided to leave the Patriots without notice in 2012 before putting forward seven solid games for the Cowboys last year. Waters is a family man, and his main goal was to play near them. And in the statement above when he gives thanks, you can tell what he cares about the most. I hope he can make it into the Hall of Fame, because he was an amazing pass blocker, run blocker, and leader at the heart of some very successful units.