#TBT Sports Blog: William The Refrigerator Perry

The FridgeToday’s #TBT sports blog recalls mammoth former Chicago Bears DT William The Refrigerator Perry by sharing this exerpt from my sports comic book – Favorite Big Things in Sports. Here ya go…..

“Even when I was little, I was big.”

These words were spoken by the likeable, extra-large William The Refrigerator Perry. He is one of the most beloved big men to ever wear an NFL football jersey.

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. 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 no gimmick. 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 NFL 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. Fashioned to fit his extra large ring size of 25, Perry’s became the largest Super Bowl ring ever.

After Retiring The Refrigerator Entertained Off the Field

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. He recorded his own rap songs and served as a substitute for a Lingerie Football League game. Perry even entered Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championships.

Whatever the likeable former Chicago Bears DT William The Refrigerator Perry did on or off the football field, he always did it with a smile.

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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