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Charlie Waters lettered at Clemson from 1967-1968 and arrived in Tigertown as a quarterback, but was switched to receiver for the final 15 games of his Clemson career. Later, playing with the Dallas Cowboys, he intercepted 40 passes.
Waters played quarterback at North Augusta High School and made the 1965 Shrine Bowl team. Waters signed a scholarship at Clemson and by the spring of 1968 as a junior, he was competing with Billy Ammons for the starting QB job. When Ammons hurt his knee in spring practice, Waters won the position.
Clemson started the season 0-3-1 and when Ammons’ knee healed, he took over the starting job and Waters shifted to WR for the remaining 15 games of his Clemson career.
A three-year letterman from 1967–69, Waters was an All-ACC selection in 1969 at WR as a senior. During his Clemson career, he caught 68 passes for 1,196 yards and 17.1 yards per catch, to go along with four TD receptions. He still ranks eighth all-time for yards per reception and eighteenth all-time in receiving yards. Waters was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1981. He also was inducted into the North Augusta and South Carolina halls of fame. Waters was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1970 NFL Draft. Although he nearly was released during training camp, Waters was converted to defensive back and started his rookie year as a backup to Cliff Harris. Waters ended up starting 6 games after Harris had to serve military duty. Waters had 5 interceptions that season, as the Cowboys would go on to lose Super Bowl V. His performance was good enough to make the NFL all-rookie team as a free safety in 1970.
The next year he was moved to cornerback, where he struggled for four years in a backup role. Waters was moved to Strong Safety in 1975 to replace Cowboys great Cornell Green. . He responded with 3 interceptions for 55 yards and a TD. That season, the Cowboys would end up reaching Super Bowl X before losing to Pittsburgh.
Waters made his first All-Pro team in 1976 with 3 interceptions. He returned to the Pro Bowl in 1977 and would make his final Pro Bowl appearance in 1978.
Waters injured his knee before the start of the 1979 season and would sit out the entire year. He returned in 1980 and had 5 interceptions. After getting 3 interceptions in 1981, he retired with 50 interceptions, the second-most in franchise history.
After retirement, Waters entered coaching as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 1993 and 1994 and then for the University of Oregon.
In 2006, the Dallas Cowboys hired Waters as the new color commentator for the Cowboys Radio Network, working alongside Brad Sham. Outside of football, Waters works with longtime teammate Cliff Harris at a gas marketing company. In February 2007, Waters announced that he would be leaving the radio booth after only one season, citing a busy work schedule that did not allow him enough time to prepare for the game broadcasts.
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