|No. 46 – Edmonton Eskimos|
May 18, 1987 |
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school:||Jackson (MS) Prep|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Roster status:||1-Game Injured List|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at CFL.ca|
Swayze Waters (born May 18, 1987) is a gridiron football placekicker and punter with the Edmonton Eskimos 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, Carolina Panthers, and BC Lions.
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.
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.
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.
Waters was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 10, 2011. He was released on September 2.
Waters was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) on June 24, 2012, and then released on July 10.
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.
On February 7, 2017, it was announced that Waters had signed with the BC Lions (CFL). He was recovering from an injury to start the 2017 CFL season, while rookie Ty Long assumed the kicking duties. After Long performed well in the first three games, Waters was released on July 12, 2017.
Waters was signed by Edmonton on Sept. 25, 2017.
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.
- "Leg Up: Waters named CFL's top Special Teamer". cfl.ca. November 27, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
- "Panthers sign punter Kasey Redfern, waive Swayze Waters". Retrieved 2017-02-07.
- "Lions sign former Argos kicker Waters - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
- Lions release international kicker Swayze Waters
- "Esks bolster kicking game with Waters, Lauther".