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Chambers gets closer to NFL dream

19 January 2007
bbc.co.uk

By Simon Austin

Dwain Chambers has made the next stage in his bid to become a professional American Footballer.

The former European 100m champion is one of 89 international players chosen for a six-week NFL Europe training camp in Tampa, Florida, in March.

Forty-eight of them will then be signed up for the 2007 NFL Europe season.

The news means Chambers will not compete during the indoor athletics season and is almost certain to miss the World Athletics Championships.

Chambers, 28, first impressed coaches during a trial in Cologne last November.

He was then invited to a training weekend in Barcelona, where he convinced coaches he was good enough to be part of the March camp in Florida.

Tony Allen, NFL Europe's director of international player development, said: "As well as his obvious speed, he has impressed us with his toughness, dedication and determination at the previous camps."

"Dwain is learning the sport quickly. He understands that he faces many tough challenges if he is to make a career for himself in the NFL."

"But he has shown us he deserves the chance to test himself against NFL players at the NFL Europe training camp."

Last winter, 270 non-American players took part in trials for places on the Florida training camp.

Eight-nine of these have been chosen to line up alongside about 300 American players - mainly young players on the rosters of NFL teams in the USA - for the Florida camp.

Chambers is determined to pursue a career in American Football.

In December his agent, Cubie Seegobin, told BBC Sport that the former European 100m champion would not participate in the indoor athletics season and was unlikely to compete in the sport again.

Chambers returned to athletics last June after being banned following a positive test for the steroid THG.

Under the terms of his return, he must use future track earnings to pay back any prize money he won while competing on steroids.

Seegobin said: "Personally, I think because we have so much money to pay back, if he can find another way to make a living he will."

UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins declined to comment on the story.

 

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