By Ryan Kasmiersky
In case you guys may have forgotten after the subpar performance the last two years, the Mean Green has produced some professional quality players that have gone on to the next level.
Over the next few weeks before the ’09 Mean Green start kickoff fall practices, we are going to take a look at the Mean Green alums that are playing professional football and what they have done since they left North Texas.
Brian Waters- A North Texas graduate in 1999 was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent after the ’99 draft. Waters then went on to be cut by the Cowboys, and picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs soon thereafter. A tight end and defensive lineman in college, he was converted to an offensive lineman by the Chiefs organization and saw action in all 16 games in 2001 starting in eight.
Helped pave the way for the NFL’s leading rusher that year, Priest Holmes, who racked up 1,555. At one point, Waters started 79 consecutive games from Nov. 25, 2001 to Nov. 12, 2006. He has been the cornerstone for the offensive line that assisted with many Chief and NFL milestones. In 2002, Priest Holmes was able to rush for 1,615 yards behind his line, 2003 saw Holmes score a then NFL record 27 rushing touchdowns and in 2004, Waters appeared in his first Pro Bowl for the AFC squad.
The very next season, 2005, saw Waters back in Honolulu with an AFC jersey on at the Pro Bowl after allowing Larry Johnson to rack up a Chief single season record 1,750 rushing yards. Since then Waters has been a picture of consistency, starting every game, and making two more Pro Bowl’s (2006, 2008).
He will be the team’s starting left guard going into a season that promises to be one of the better Chief seasons in recent memory.