Waters’ New Position Proved Critical To Dallas Cowboys’ 1975 Turnaround
Charlie Waters was a jack-of-all-trades as a football player. A quarterback during his days at the University of Clemson, Waters joined the Cowboys in 1970 and was immediately placed in the defensive backfield at the free safety position. A couple years later he found himself replacing the newly-retired Herb Adderly at right cornerback.
Before the 1975 season, head coach Tom Landry moved him yet again, placing Waters behind Cornell Green on the depth chart at the strong safety position. Green’s retirement in August paved the way for one of Waters’ finest seasons as a pro. Playing with a new-found sense of aggression alongside fellow safety Cliff Harris, Waters proved to be a stalwart in both coverage and in run-support, and turned in one of the 1975 season’s biggest plays that helped the Cowboys secure a Wild-Card playoff spot.
You can read the full story of Charlie’s and the Dallas Cowboys’ turnaround in 1975 by reading Ryan Bush’s newly-published book “The Dirty Dozen.”
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