Wally Chambers

American football player (1951–2019)

American football player
Wally Chambers
No. 60
Position:Defensive tackle,
Defensive end
Personal information
Born:(1951-05-15)May 15, 1951
Phenix City, Alabama, U.S.
Died:September 22, 2019(2019-09-22) (aged 68)
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Mount Clemens (Mount Clemens, Michigan)
College:Eastern Kentucky
NFL draft:1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
As a player:
  • Chicago Bears (1973–1977)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1978–1979)
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Fumble recoveries:3

Wallace Hashim Chambers (May 15, 1951 – September 22, 2019) was an American professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL). He was a 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.


Chambers attended Eastern Kentucky University.[1]

Professional career

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.[2]

Coaching career

Following his playing career Chambers coached at the University of Northern Iowa, at East Carolina University, and for the New York Jets.[3]

In 1989 Chambers was a defensive coach for the New York Jets under Joe Walton.[4][5] 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.

Personal life

Chambers had trouble standing up during the last 10 years of his life due to knee and back problems and spent a great deal of his time in a wheel chair or using a walker.[6][7] He lived in Saginaw, Michigan, with his wife Patsy Chambers.

Chambers died on September 22, 2019, at the age of 68.[8]


  1. ^ Couture, Jacqueline; Whalen, Deborah; Hill, Chuck (2007). Eastern Kentucky University: 1957-2006. Arcadia. ISBN 9780738543772.
  2. ^ "Chicago Tribune - Historical Newspapers". 4 August 2023.
  3. ^ Kleber, John E. The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0813128838.
  4. ^ Harvin, Al (1989-05-19). "The Jets' Defensive Line Takes on Youthful Look". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Walton, 10 Assistants Fired by Jets". Los Angeles Times. 1989-12-27.
  6. ^ "NFL's dirty little secret: Players suffer". CNN.
  7. ^ "Home".
  8. ^ Boghossian, Chris (September 25, 2019). "Chicago Bears great Wally Chambers, the 1973 NFL defensive rookie of the year, dies at age 68". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
Preceded by UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year
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Chicago Bears 1973 NFL draft selections
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