IRVING, Texas - The 2006 season brought Charlie Waters closer to the NFL than he'd been in more than 10 years, when his coaching tenure with the Denver Broncos ended.
But due to a demanding work schedule, the former Cowboys safety has decided not to return next season as the team's radio analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Brad Sham.
"To get to where I wanted to get to in the radio analyst position, I would have had to concentrate far more on that industry than I can justify at this time," said Waters, who works in the energy business with former teammate Cliff Harris. "My commitment to my other work came first and I must honor my commitment."
Waters, who completed a one-year contract with the Cowboys Radio Network, still could help cover the team in some capacity next season. Meanwhile, the Cowboys will begin the process of finding his successor.
Waters replaced former Cowboys quarterback and KTVT sports anchor Babe Laufenberg, who left the booth after the 2005 season to spend more time with his family.
"Doing color on the radio and being around the game, rekindled my spirit and love of the game," Waters said.
Waters was a three-time Pro Bowl selection in Dallas from 1970-81 and played on five Super Bowl teams, winning two championships. He also coached in Denver for seven years with new Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips.
"Players love Wade; assistant coaches appreciate how much respect he shows to them," Waters said. "Though casual in his demeanor, do not let that fool you. He is tough and demanding. His standards are high that he sets for himself and those who work with him.
"I am proud of (Cowboys owner-general manager) Jerry Jones to work as hard as he did to try to find the best candidate for the job. In my opinion, he found the best one."