Watters took over for Roger Craig as the 49ers’ feature back in the early ’90s, getting to the Pro Bowl in 1992 through 1994. But the 49ers’ top brass wasn’t all that satisfied with him, and offered a relatively low contract when he became a free agent after the Super Bowl vs. the Chargers, so he left for the Eagles. Team President Carmen Policy said: “We’re not comfortable allocating millions of dollars to a player not 100 percent committed to our long-range goals, our game plan and our offensive system.” Watters countered: “I learned I didn’t mean as much to them as I thought.”
Ricky was adopted by Jim and Marie Watters in 1969, after Marie had met a woman who said her daughter was pregnant and couldn’t take care of the kids she already had, so she was going to have her put the baby up for adoption. Marie arranged for the adoption that April, in a Trailways bus depot on Chestnut Street in Hattiesburg, Pennsylvania. Watter’s now an advocate for adoption, and he has his own website.