Wally Chambers Biography
Wallace Hashim Chambers was an American football defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears and defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1970s. He was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Bears in the 1973 NFL Draft out of Eastern Kentucky University, and played previous to that for Mount Clemens High School, where he graduated in 1969.
RIP. Bears were so bad during most of his time here, Wally Chambers ends up not getting his due for being a great player… https://t.co/89NwTo9hXY
— Igor’s Locks (@locks_igor) September 26, 2019
Wally Chambers Age
He was 68 years old.
Wally Chambers Education
Chambers enrolled at Mount Clemens High School, where he graduated in 1969. Later on, he joined Eastern Kentucky University where he was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Bears in the 1973 NFL Draft.
Wally Chambers, recently ranked at No. 52 on the list of all-time greatest Bears players, has died at 68 https://t.co/Z6VKVnZHDy
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 25, 2019
Wally Chambers College
Chambers attended Eastern Kentucky University.
Wally Chambers Professional Playing Career
60. Jay Cutler
59. Ray Bray
58. Jim McMahon
57. Neal Anderson
56. Doug Plank
55. George Wilson
54. Robbie Gould
53. Keith Van Horne
52. Lee Artoe
51. Wally Chambers
— Windy City Gridiron (@WCGridiron) July 24, 2019
Chambers was chosen as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year following the 1973 NFL season and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl three times (1973, 1975 and 1976). Chambers was named All-Pro following the 1976 campaign, 1976 NFL linemen of the year, NFC defensive player of the year (1975 and 1976) and also garnered second team All-Pro honors in 1973, 1974 and 1975.
Wally Chambers made three Pro Bowl appearances with the Bears and was Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1973 passed away today. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/UEfr1EKnYk
— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) September 25, 2019
Wally Chambers Coaching Career
Following his playing career Chambers coached at the University of Northern Iowa, at East Carolina University, and for the New York Jets.
In 1989 Chambers was a defensive coach for the New York Jets under Joe Walton. He then served as the defensive line coach for the WLAF’s Ohio Glory in their sole season in 1992 under head coach Larry Little.
Wally Chambers Personal life
Chambers had trouble standing up the last 10 years of his life due to knee and back problems and spent a great deal of his time in a wheelchair or using a walker. He lived in Saginaw, Michigan with his wife Patsy.
Wally Chambers Injury
In his third trip to the Pro Bowl, however, Chambers banged his right knee during the January 1977 game, leading to “traumatic arthritis” and the decomposing of the cartilage underneath his kneecap. He suffered a knee injury in the 1977 Pro Bowl that ended up limiting his playing time the following year. He had trouble standing up the last 10 years of his life due to knee and back problems and spent a great deal of his time in a wheelchair or using a walker.
Wally Chambers Death, Wally Chambers Cause of Death
On Sunday, former Bears Pro Bowler Wally Chambers passed away at the age of 68. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those who knew Wally.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 25, 2019
Chambers passed away this Sunday, September 22nd, at the age of 68. Cause of death has not been announced–An administrator in the athletic department at Eastern Kentucky University, Chambers’ alma mater, confirmed his death Wednesday.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
RIP Wally Chambers, 3x Pro Bowl LB and A.P. Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1973. Chambers was recently voted the #45 #Bears100 player of all-time by a recent Chicago Sun-Times poll. He also played for the #GoBucs in the final two seasons of his NFL career. pic.twitter.com/N9hGuyFflr
— Ken Gelman (@kengfunk) September 26, 2019