Morgan hires ex-Eagle Waters

March 28, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Former NFL safety Andre Waters has joined Stump Mitchell's staff at Morgan State, where he will serve as defensive backs coach.

Waters spent 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before finishing his career in 1995 with the Arizona Cardinals. A longtime friend of Mitchell's, he arrived in the NFL as an unheralded free agent from Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, the same school that inducted new Morgan State athletic director Garnett Purnell into its athletic Hall of Fame.

"Andre brings a lot to the Morgan coaching staff," said Mitchell, who replaced Ricky Diggs in December. "He paid his own way to college and made the most of every opportunity presented to him. He brings good leadership and outstanding work ethics."

Waters led the Eagles in tackles for four seasons, and his career-high of 156 in 1991 earned him first-team All-NFC honors. Injuries curtailed his production over his last three seasons, but by then he had cemented a reputation as one of the league's hardest and most feared hitters.

His aggressive style didn't win many friends, however, as evidenced by the nickname "Dirty Waters."

Pub Date: 3/29/96

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