Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers had his NFL career cut short due to injuries. That experience has led Chambers, a 2005 Pro Bowler, to open The Chamber, an athletic training and rehabilitation center located in Davie. And, with the August 5 opening, Chambers may already have his first high profile client - himself.
Speaking to Izzy Gould, from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Chambers, who suffered a "serious" hip injury with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2010 preseason, clearly has not ruled out a return to the NFL, and possibly the Dolphins.
"If it gets to the point where I'm feeling really good with our medical crew that's going to be in here and some of our trainers, and the nutrition I'll be on, maybe I'll get a stab at (a return to the NFL)," Chambers said. "It would be great to play as a Miami Dolphin because it's right around the corner. If they need some help at receiver, just a leader in the locker room to come out there and make some plays I'd be open to doing that. That's kind of down the road right now, but that's what I'm thinking. Then if nothing happens throughout that year I'll officially retire in 2013."
Chambers adds that he is still a few weeks away from starting his full-fledged rehab at The Chamber, but does plan to use the full set of medical personnel, nutritional specialists, and trainers to help him attempt his comeback. Chambers says he needs to shed 15-20 pounds in order to be back at his playing weight.
The Chamber, which will cater to clients as young as 8-years-old, the former second-round pick hopes will be able to establish a working relationship with NFL franchises, especially the local Dolphins. Chambers would like to help develop young players who miss making NFL rosters, aiming to get them a second chance within the league.
"You wonder how you're gonna transition out of the NFL," Chamber said. "...In any profession, it's a hard pill to swallow to not be able to leave the game on your own terms."