Friday Sports Funny: William “The Refrigerator” Perry

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William The Refrigerator Perry

Today’s Friday Sports Funny recalls these words uttered by former Chicago Bears’ legend William The Refrigerator Perry.

“Even when I was little, I was big.”

No one really knows who gave Perry his Refrigerator nickname. But, it’s not hard to guess how he got it.

Teammates would tell stories about Perry’s ability to eat huge amounts of food. And, everyone thought his big, square shaped body looked like a refrigerator.

The Refrigerator, or Fridge for short, became an instant NFL fan favorite.

The Chicago Bears drafted him as a defensive lineman out of Clemson with the 22nd pick of the first round of the NFL Draft.

However, Perry became famous when Bears coach Mike Ditka unexpectedly used him as a fullback on short yardage and goal line situations.

At 6’2” and 375 lbs. the extra-sized Perry was not only a pile-driving blocker out of the backfield. He was surprisingly nimble for a man of his size.

The Refrigerator was certainly not a gimmick because he scored five touchdowns for the Bears out of the backfield.

Perry played for ten seasons in the NFL. He did not develop into the dominant defensive force the Bears hoped he would become. Perry’s career spanned 138 games in which he totaled 29.5 sacks.

The Refrigerator’s career highlight occurred in 1986 when the Chicago Bears dismantled the New England Patriots 46 – 10 to capture Super Bowl XX.

As a bit of NFL trivia, Perry’s Super Bowl ring had to be specially made. The extra large ring needed to fit his ring size of 25, making his the largest Super Bowl ring ever.

William Perry’s Life After Football

After retirement, the entertaining Perry continued to live large in the eyes of sports fans. The Refrigerator went on to perform in Worldwide Wrestling Federation and professional boxing celebrity matches.

The Refrigerator also promoted his own barbeque sauce, recorded his own rap songs and served as a substitute for a Lingerie Football League game. He even entered Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championships.

Whatever the likeable William Perry did on or off the football field, he always did it with a smile.

Fortunately, the popular Perry is still grinning despite reckless, unfounded reports of his death in 2013.

Perry also did everything in a very big way – just like the heavy duty kitchen appliance he was named after – The Refrigerator.

MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!

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