FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Having spent 11 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Patriots guard Brian Waters is no stranger to an annual trek to Oakland and the decidedly delirious "Black Hole" section that thrives off spewing venom at opposing teams.
Given that the Patriots haven't trekked to O.com Coliseum since 2008, Waters has stressed to younger players not to let the environment become a distraction.
"From the time you drive in, until the end of the game, you’re going to see a lot of different things, some good, some bad," said Waters. "One thing we try to get across to the younger guys as much as possible is: Don’t focus on [off-the-field distractions], try not to pay attention to those things, because they can be a distraction, they can be a real distraction if you allow them.
"When you walk in there, I don't care who you are, you're going to be [hated]. They're not going to like you, your family, or your friends, and they are going to have no issues letting you know that from the time the bus arrives."
So what's the weirdest thing Waters ever saw in Oakland?
"I’ll say this, that's the first time I ever saw an old lady in a wheelchair shooting me the bird with both fingers," Waters said to laughter. "That’s crazy right there."
Playing Oakland twice per season also gave Waters a chance to see more of Richard Seymour the past two seasons and he raved about his talents.
"If he had played in [Oakland's penetrating] 4-3 system his entire career, we'd probably be talking about," Seymour as one of the best defensive linemen ever.