Swayze Waters

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Swayze Waters
No. 34     Toronto Argonauts
Date of birth: (1987-05-18) May 18, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Jackson, Mississippi
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: International
Position(s): K/P
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
College: UAB
As player:

Detroit Lions*
Oakland Raiders*
Pittsburgh Steelers*
Edmonton Eskimos*
Toronto Argonauts

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
July 2014 special team player of the month
CFL All-Star: 2014
CFL East All-Star: 2014
Career stats
Field goals --
Extra points --
Touchbacks --

Swayze Waters (born May 18, 1987) is an Canadian football placekicker/punter with the Toronto Argonauts. He was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at UAB.

He has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Early years[edit]

Swayze attended Jackson Prep in Jackson, Mississippi, where he played kicker, wide receiver and punter. He was his team's leading receiver for three years. He was named all-state selection his senior year. His senior year, he was voted team Most Valuable Player. That year, he had 35 catches, 813 yards and 10 touchdowns and 14 field goals. He also participated in baseball and track.

College career[edit]

His college major was Business Management. In 2005, as a freshman, Waters was the kick off specialist. He was named to Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. In 2006, as a sophomore, He was a kick off specialist and a "Long Field goal specialist". In 2007, as a Junior, he kicked and punted. He was named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award. He was also named first-team All-Conference USA by media and a second-team selection by conference's head coaches. He made 22-of-28 field goals during the season, including being 8-for-10 from 40-49 and 3-of-4 for 50-plus yards. In one game against Alcorn State, he kicked 5 field goals which set UAB single-game record. He had an average of 41.4 yards per punt.

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Lions[edit]

Waters was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL draft. He was cut from the team, only to be re-signed in August. He was waived/injured on August 26 when the team signed placekicker Billy Cundiff.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Waters was signed by the Oakland Raiders on April 13, 2010.[1] On September 4, 2010, Waters was released to free agent status by the Oakland Raiders.[2]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Waters was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 10, 2011. He was released on September 2.

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

Waters was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos on June 24, 2012, and then released on July 10.

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On July 15, 2012, Waters was signed by the Toronto Argonauts as an injury replacement for starting kicker Noel Prefontaine. The Argos would go on to win the 100th Grey Cup at the end of the 2012 season, with Waters' serving as the team's placekicker as Noel Prefontaine had returned to handle the punting duties. He won the John Agro Special Teams Award for being named the CFL's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2014.[3]


Swayze is married to Kendal Carr Waters.

Waters is the son of Susan and Joel Waters.

Contrary to popular rumor, Waters is not named after actor Patrick Swayze. His grandmother's maiden name was "Swayze" and that is for whom he is named.


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