Charlie Waters in Tyler

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -    A Dallas Cowboys living legend was in East Texas Tuesday night.  Super Bowl champion Charlie Waters was helping raise money for Mercy Ships.  Mercy Ships is an international medical mission that helps the poor in Africa.

Waters told his story to a large group at Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler.  His wife Rosie is from Tyler and got her husband involved with the cause.  The Waters family went on a Mercy Ship trip to Togo last year.

"The parts in time that I remember in my head that I took home with me after being on that ship for a week, just the short time I was there, have stayed with me for the entire year," said Waters.  "We'd really like for Marvin to become an anchor church, which is a church connected that takes volunteers over there to work and we'd also like to raise a lot of money here tonight."

Waters also took time to talk about his former team.  Fans remember Waters as a Cowboys great.  You may not remember he was an assistant coach under Wade Phillps in Denver, when the Broncos fired Phillips back in 1994.  Waters wasn't surprised to see Phillips fired Monday.

"Wade has a different demeanor," said Waters, who was Wade's Defensive Coordinator in Denver.  "His philosophy of doing things is the assistant coaches do the dirty work. I was an assistant coach I did the dirty work. I was the disciplinarian. He expects his players underneath him to hold the other players accountable. And I don't know if he had the right mix of players here (in Dallas) to do that."

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