"They were so right," he said after yesterday's second-half blitzing of the Buffalo Bills, 49-21, which the Patriots scored 49 straight points.
"I'm proud to play with these guys," said Waters, still perspiring 30 minutes after the game and after his shower. "I've been a lot of places were people don't care. Here, people care — the organization, the owner, the fans, the media ... everyone. It's an amazing feeling to be a part of this."
While left tackle Matt Light and left guard Logan Mankins have been the faces of this successful offensive line during the Patriots Dynasty, word has it that Waters graded out better than all of them, not to mention the fact he missed only a few snaps the entire season.
That should not be a surprise. Waters has missed only three games since the 2001 season.
"I pride myself in playing (every game)," said Waters. "This is a tough business, but I come to work every day and give it my best. I'm happy I am healthy."
Waters said he had views of the Patriots organization that are slightly different from his perspective inside the confines of Gillette Stadium.
"I looked at the Patriots a little differently (when I wasn't here), probably more out of envy," said Waters. "They had all of that success. But I knew there was something special. I knew there was a professionalism about the organization. It really is special."
Waters admits he gets calls from some of his "buds" in the NFL inquiring about the "Patriots mystique" and, of course, the head coach.
What does he tell them?
"I tell them the truth, that this is a place every player should experience," said Waters. "I tell people a lot is expected of you here. You had better have the right attitude and put in the work or you won't last."