A COSTLY MISTAKE

Monday night's game at Green Bay should bring back memories for wide receiver Chris Chambers, who played his college football at the University of Wisconsin. But Packers wish he had never left the state to play pro ball.

It's a touchy subject in Green Bay because the Packers had a shot at drafting Chambers in the second round of the 2001 draft, but instead selected Texas A&M speedster Robert Ferguson.

After Ferguson did next to nothing as a rookie while Chambers was putting on a show in Miami, you can safely call that one a Packer blunder.

Ferguson has improved somewhat this season, but he's still nowhere near the receiver Chambers has become.

"I receive letters every day about Mr. Chambers because of what he's doing down there and what he's not doing for the Packers," said Packers coach Mike Sherman. "Trust me. He certainly has done everything they could have ever possibly hoped for. He's someone who could have certainly done well here. I think he's done an outstanding job, as well as the coaches with him. He's a class kid. That's a question I'm going to have to continue to answer throughout my career here."

Green Bay's mistake was Miami's good fortune, particularly since Chambers used the fact he was only the ninth wide receiver drafted last year as motivation.

The next obvious question is, why did the Packers choose Ferguson instead of the local hero.

"What appealed to me was the fact (Ferguson) was a junior college kid who only had one year of (Division I) college," Sherman said. "I thought he was a tremendous competitor. I thought the same thing about Chambers except this kid was a little bigger. We had them both even and went with this one. My familiarity with Texas A&M, having coached there and knowing R.C. Slocum, might have swayed me that way."

Come Monday night, you just know Chambers would love nothing more than to show the Packers one more time what a big mistake they made.


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