Chambers is a 1990 graduate of Lake Stevens High School where he was an outstanding multi-sport athlete. In football as a senior, he rushed for over 1000 yards as a running back and earned All-WESCO on offense and defense, and he played in the All-State East–West game. In track and field as a junior, he was 2nd in the state meet in the 100 & 300-meter hurdles. As a senior, he returned to the state track and field meet and was the state champion in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles. As a junior in the state wrestling championships, he placed 2nd in the 190 lb. weight class. He then returned as a senior and won the state title. His state title as a senior helped Lake Stevens win its first state wrestling championship.
In both 1989 and 1990, he was named the Everett Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Year. In 2014, he was inducted into the Lake Stevens High School Blue and Gold Club Hall of Fame.
After Lake Stevens High, Richie attended the University of Washington (UW) on a football scholarship and played and lettered there four years. He was an outstanding inside linebacker who played in three bowl games including the 1991 Rose Bowl against Michigan State that the Huskies won earning them a share of the national title with the U. of Miami. In 1994, he helped significantly in breaking Miami’s 58 game winning streak by intercepting a Miami pass. Additionally, in 1994, Chambers was an Honorable Mention PAC-10 linebacker.
After the UW, Richie hoped to extend his football career as a professional but because of an earlier broken back resulting in serious chronic back injuries, he retired after a short stint in the CFL. However, he is still involved in football as he is currently the linebackers’ coach at Ingraham High School.