The Cowboys could have used Brian Waters. They started three players at left guard, and Kyle Kosier struggled through a foot injury at right guard.
Waters had some "minor conversations" with the Cowboys after he and the Chiefs parted ways in the off-season. Waters spent the 1999 training camp with the Cowboys after signing as a rookie free agent, but he didn't make it to the regular season.
“That was a natural thing [to have a conversation with the Cowboys], because of where I’m from, and the fact that I was there once upon a time,” said Waters, who played at Waxahachie High School and North Texas. “But it’s worked out well for me.”
Waters had "numerous" suitors but decided on the Patriots, because before this season -- his 12th in the league -- he had never even won a postseason game.
“Once the decision was made for me to leave Kansas City, the target was definitely going to be on teams that I felt had a chance to be in this game,” Waters said Sunday at the first media session of Super Bowl week. “This was definitely the focal point for me.”
While his family stayed home in Dallas-Fort Worth this season, Waters made his sixth Pro Bowl and his first Super Bowl. He missed Sunday's all-star game, arriving instead in Indianapolis with his new teammates.
“This is the only game I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” Waters said.
Waters has attended three Super Bowls as a fan, including a year ago in Arlington. Those are the only three games he has ever attended as a fan.
“Just watching the teams prepare and wondering how it felt and wishing and hoping that one day it would be me,” Waters said.
-- Charean Williams