Today in Philly Sports History: "For Who? For What?" 1995

Today in Philly Sports History: "For Who? For What?" 1995

Despite being a five-time Pro Bowler, a Super Bowl champ with the 49ers, and in the minds of some a fringe Hall-of-Famer, for many, Ricky Watters will forever be remembered for this moment of ignominy. On September 3rd, 1995, in his very first game as an Eagle, Watters short-armed a pass from QB Randall Cunningham to avoid getting plastered by a Tampa Bay defender. His self-preservation tactics drew boos from the crowd, but the real blunder came after the game, as Watters was asked about the incident in the press conference. "I'm not going to trip up there and get knocked out," offered Watters by way of explanation, before asking the four-word rhetorical question that would drew the ire of millions of Green-Bleeders: "For who? For what?"

Watters, oft considered to be something of a loudmouth, endeared himself to few with his me-first remarks, especially as he had not had time yet to build up any sort of credibility with Eagles fans. Coach Ray Rhodes voiced his displeasure at Watters' half-stepping, saying "You've got to make the plays that are presented to you. If you've got to take a lick, you've gotta take a lick." Former Eagles running back Keith Byars tut-tutted Watters's behavior as well. "He doesn't know anything about
Philadelphia," explained Byars. "He just made himself a living hell for a long time." The Inquirer even had a catchy name for the whole mess: "Wattersgate."

Luckily for Ricky, he was able to turn things around somewhat with a couple highly productive years in Philly, making appearances in both the playoffs and the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons. But so unlikely is it that he will ever shake the stigma of "For Who, For What? that Watters has even come to embrace it, even using the phrase as the title for his 2002 autobiography.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Alshon Jeffery still not practicing; what about Week 1?

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Alshon Jeffery still not practicing; what about Week 1?

With 3½ weeks to go before opening day, Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery remains on the Reserve-Physically Unable to Perform list, hasn't practiced during training camp and — as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday — is uncertain to be ready for the season opener.

Rapoport is the same reporter who suggested that Carson Wentz could begin training camp on the PUP list one day before he was a full participant in practice.

Jeffery, who played the second half of last year with a rotator cuff injury, underwent surgery in February.

That Jeffery may not be ready for the Sept. 6 opener against the Falcons at the Linc is certainly no surprise. The Eagles have never indicated that Jeffery would be ready and he hasn't done any football-related activities during the first three weeks of training camp.

Head coach Doug Pederson said Saturday that Jeffery is doing well but remains very limited.

"He's doing a great job with his rehab," Pederson said. "He's in, I would say, more the strength phase with the weights and that part. He's still doing his lower body conditioning with running and doing some things that way with his legs, making sure his cardiovascular is good.

"He can't do a ton of stuff yet necessarily on the field because of the motion of the arm swing, but we can get him in the tanks, the pools, the Alter Gs, things like that, and get his cardio up. But kind of in the strength phase right now and really doing a nice job."

Jeffery caught 57 passes for 789 yards and nine touchdowns last year in his first year with the Eagles and added 12 catches for 219 yards and three TDs in the postseason, including an acrobatic first-quarter touchdown catch from Nick Foles.

Depending on when the Eagles believe Jeffery will be ready, they can either place him on regular-season PUP, which means he's out the first six weeks, or they can use a spot on the 53-man roster for him until he's ready.

If Jeffery were unable to play right off the bat, the Eagles would likely start Mike Wallace, whose stats were very similar to Jeffery's last year — 52-for-748 and four TDs.

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