Chambers Comments on UW Receivers/Lee Evans

Chris Chambers is a much bigger Badger fan than even the current players realize. He has watched or taped every single game since he left the program. But while he loves the UW, he still regrets that he couldn't talk Lee Evans out of leaving school early to head to the NFL.

After his experience leaving the UW early for the Miami Dolphins, Chris Chambers feels heading to the NFL early, if given the opportunity, is the smartest option for college football players to take.

"You always can come back to school," Chambers said. "You come to school to make money, and that's the way you make money."

Chambers regrets that he couldn't convince Evans to leave school early. Evans suffered a near career-ending injury during the Spring Game prior to his would-be senior year, and his status is still up in the air regarding his final college season.

"He had a big (junior) year," Chambers said. "You've got to get it when it's hot. That's all…I really wanted him to come out when he had a chance. I just felt I had a big (rookie) year and a lot of people passed me up. I just knew they weren't going to pass him up.

"So hopefully he can bounce back from it. I don't know how well he's doing. He actually came down to Miami a couple of times just to refresh himself. So I got him down there and hung out with him a little bit. Lee sounds like he has a positive attitude right now."

Chambers was in town for Wendell Bryant's charity basketball event yesterday. He had a chance to talk with Jonathan Orr and catch up with some of his other current Badger friends.

"They don't know how much I watch them," Chambers said. "I watch them so close. I've seen every game since I've left. I tape games. I'm a real big Badger fan. I may have lost a little money here and there too, but I root for them all the time. Hopefully they're going to have a great team this year."

Like every other UW fan, Chambers can't wait to see the 2003 receiving corps on display. One of the questions that remains to be seen is where this unit stands amongst the top UW receiving corps of all time. The No. 1 unit in school history at this point was probably during Chambers' tenure in Madison.

But the third-year NFL star feels that is no longer the case.

"I think (this receiving corps) is probably the best ever," Chambers said. "I'll go ahead and say that. With Lee coming back, and (Orr) and Brandon (Williams) and Darrin (Charles), I've never seen that type of offense (here) before, with (Anthony Davis) and (Jim) Sorgi. So we'll see how it goes. It looks like it's going to be a fun year though."

As excited as Chambers is for the Badgers' 2003 season, he can't wait until the latest edition of the Dolphins is put on display this fall.

Chambers feels Miami has made a ton of improvement in the offseason.

"We're putting a lot of pieces to the puzzle together. I think we'll have a great team, and we're definitely going to play a lot better than we did last year…I definitely want to have a bigger season, stat-wise, win-wise. I want to do everything better than last year."

Chambers is able to prepare much more diligently for this season than one year ago, when he was recovering from an injury that hampered his summer workouts.

"Oh man, I'm so ready (now)," Chambers said. "Last year I didn't get an offseason workout at all, because I was injured. I'm healthy right now. I've been running well, the offense is starting to click in my head a little bit. I can't wait to get out there. They have big plans for me out there, and I'm going to try to take advantage of them this year."

Chambers hopes Evans will follow the same path at UW, leading to the prosperous career in the NFL that he deserves.

"He has a big heart. He's determined to get back to the way he used to be, and I can't see him playing any other way," Chambers said. "I'm sure he'll get back to where he was a couple of years ago."

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