Dale Waters

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Dale Waters
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Waters from 1931 Seminole yearbook
Position: Lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1909-05-27)May 27, 1909
Place of birth: Henry County, Indiana
Date of death: December 19, 2001(2001-12-19) (aged 92)
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Newcastle (IN)
College: Florida
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 27
Games started: 12
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Dale Barnard Waters (May 27, 1909 – December 19, 2001), nicknamed "Muddy" Waters, was an American college and professional football player who was an offensive and defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons during the early 1930s. Waters played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played for three different NFL teams.

Early years[edit]

Waters was born in Henry County, Indiana in 1909.[1] He attended Newcastle High School in Newcastle Township, Fulton County, Indiana.[2]

College career[edit]

Waters attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was an offensive and defensive lineman and varsity letterman for coach Charlie Bachman's Florida Gators football team in 1928, 1929 and 1930.[3] When he first reported to the freshman team, he weighed just 165 pounds.[4]

Waters was a member of the 1928 Gators team which led the nation in scoring and finished 8–1, losing only to the Tennessee Volunteers by a single point, 13–12.[5] Following his 1930 senior season, he received honorable mention All-American honors from the Associated Press.[6]

He was also a guard for the Florida Gators basketball team,[7] lettering in 1929, 1930 and 1931, and serving as the Gators' team captain as a senior in 1931.[8] He was rated as one of the best guards in the south.[4]

Waters graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1935.

Professional career[edit]

Waters became a professional football offensive lineman for the NFL's Cleveland Indians (1931), Portsmouth Spartans (1931), and the Boston Braves/Redskins (19321933).[9] During his three-season NFL career, Waters played in twenty-seven regular season NFL games, and started in twelve of them.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Dale Waters. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Dale Waters. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  3. ^ 2014 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived September 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 96, 183 (2014). Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Egad What Paws!". Abilene Reporter-News. December 23, 1928. p. 2. Retrieved June 19, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Tom McEwen, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama, pp. 97–106 (1974).
  6. ^ Alan Gould, "'All-America' Team Chosen On Large Vote," San Bernardino Daily Sun, p. 20 (December 7, 1930). Retrieved September 2, 1930.
  7. ^ Associated Press, "Florida's 1930 Cage Entry," The Reading Eagle, p. 10 (January 4, 1930). Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  8. ^ Florida Gators Men's Basketball 2013–2014 Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 97, 110, 156 (2013). Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  9. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Dale Waters. Retrieved May 31, 2010.


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