One thing thatâ€™s tough to measure in athletes is heart, but Junior Fullback Paul â€œThe Bruiserâ€â€™ Chambers has plenty of it.
A couple of weeks ago in a scrimmage, Chambers injured his wrist. Initially, the doctors and coaches feared it was a fractured wrist. Those fears subsided when he had it x-rayed.
The x-rays revealed a chip in the wrist. Although painful, there was no way Chambers was going to miss the season opener against the Fred T. Foard Tigers â€” a team they have not beaten the last two years.
Toughness has become Chambersâ€™ trademark over the past year and a half.
â€œItâ€™s pretty tough when he sawed his own cast off because he wasnâ€™t going to let a cast get in his way. That caused us some consternation because we had to get a doctor to release him,â€ Rebels head coach Butch Parker said.
Parker said himself and the staff had to sweat it out to see if he was going to receive medical clearance. Actually, they didnâ€™t find out until Friday morning that Chambers was going to play.
â€œMy trainer Lorraine Moser and myself, we went through some anxious moments until we got that paper in our hand,â€ he said.
There was nothing that was going to keep Chambers sidelined. The result? The 6â€™1â€ 185 pound bruiser rushed for 98 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown, he had a 12-yard reception.
To further solidify his tough reputation, Chambers also played linebacker in addition to carrying the football.
â€œHe didnâ€™t flinch; it didnâ€™t bother him a lick. Not only that, but he played the whole game at linebacker making tackles which makes it that much more incredible,â€ said Parker.
Parker gave Chambers an out at halftime, but he wasnâ€™t biting.
â€œIt really was hurting him. At halftime we were making our adjustments, and I saw him over there shaking it and clinching his eyes, but when I made eye contact with him he stopped and looked straight ahead,â€ said Parker. â€œWhen I went over there and asked him if he was OK, he said, â€˜Coach Iâ€™m fine.â€™â€
The coach expects Chambers to have an impact year. The best part for the Rebels is heâ€™s only a junior.
â€œThatâ€™s why he was brought up as a sophomore. Heâ€™s just a big olâ€™ red-headed boy thatâ€™s tough as a pine knot and happens to have a very, very quick first step,â€ said Parker. â€œI expect him to have great year because in an option offense, heâ€™s one-third of it.â€by John Mark Brooks