Swayze Waters

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Swayze Waters
No. 34 BC Lions
Position: Punter/Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-05-18) May 18, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Jackson, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school: Jackson (MS) Prep
College: UAB
Undrafted: 2009
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Swayze Waters (born May 18, 1987) is a Canadian football placekicker and punter for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at UAB. He has also been a member of the Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Edmonton Eskimos, Toronto Argonauts, and Carolina Panthers.

Early years[edit]

Swayze attended Jackson Preparatory School 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 (CFL) on June 24, 2012, and then released on July 10.

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On July 15, 2012, Waters was signed by the Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 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]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On February 11, 2016, Waters was signed by the Carolina Panthers. He was waived on August 15, 2016.[4]

BC Lions[edit]

On February 7, 2017, it was announced that Waters had signed with the BC Lions (CFL).[5]

Personal life[edit]

Swayze Waters is the son of Susan and Joel Waters and is married to Kendal Carr Waters. Contrary to a 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.

He appeared in the third season of the TV series Undrafted on NFL Network, which aired in 2016. The series follows Waters as he leaves his punting job in the CFL in order to chase after his dream of being a punter in the NFL.

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