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Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
A daily snapshot of the people that helped Armwood reach the 4A state final
By SCOTT PURKS
Published December 6, 2005
He was big enough to be a lineman at Armwood but ...
"I was fat and lazy," Adam Chambers said. "After two weeks of two-a-day (practices) I went to the coaches and said this isn't for me."
And that meeting, according to Armwood coach Sean Callahan, was one of the best things that ever happened.
It was the summer of 1998 and Callahan didn't have an equipment manager, a position he suggested Adam try.
And from that moment to now, a Chambers brother has taken care of, as Callahan says, "everything."
From 1998-2001 Adam Chambers was the man. From 2001-2003 it was Scott Chambers, and from 2003 through this upcoming spring it is Andrew Chambers. Scott and Andrew each had a year to work under their predecessor, but, as Adam said, "We all had our own styles."
Andrew said, "And, I think they've saved the best for last."
The things they've had in common include a huge work ethic - "I was only lazy when it came to practicing football," Adam said - and a basic philosophy.
"We always said coach Callahan's job was to coach football," Andrew said. "We decided that his job shouldn't include worrying about broken helmets and water. So, we make sure to take of all the little things.
"The best part, though, is that we've loved the job. Absolutely loved it."
During a season the Chamberses, who have attended athletic training and manager camps, figure they have averaged 500 helmet adjustments/repairs, 100 taped wrists, "millions of gallons of poured water," and infinite general equipment details (Armwood has never had an equipment penalty since 1998).
"I honestly haven't had to worry about anything with the equipment for eight years," Callahan said. "Believe me when I say this: "The most valuable person we lose from this year's team is Andrew Chambers.'
"I really don't know what I'll do without a Chambers running things around here."