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Oak Ridge to hire former NFL running back Ricky Watters as coach

Former NFL running back Ricky Watters, pictured here in his son's music video, is the new football coach at Oak Ridge (Orlando). / YouTube, lilrickywatters

Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) has replaced one former NFL player with another as head coach of its football team.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Ricky Watters, who won a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers, will assume the position vacated by Elijah Williams, who took an assistant coaching job at Florida A&M. Williams went 30-12 in four seasons at Oak Ridge, including a 6-5 mark last season. 

Watters, who rushed for 10,643 yards over 10 seasons with the 49ers, Eagles and Seahawks, settled in Orlando following his retirement in 2001 and has worked as a mentor and motivational speaker for at-risk and foster children. He was inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 for his contributions to the community.

There's no word on whether Watters will continue to be available for personal instruction ($1,500) or camp instruction ($3,500) as a member of Thuzio, the online platform founded by Tiki Barber that aims to connect the public with professional athletes for a fee. It could get awkward if a player from an Oak Ridge rival booked Watters.

Oh yeah, and Watters' son is an aspiring hip-hop artist.



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