William Perry is more than an athlete he's an entertainer. He was dubbed "the Refrigerator" (or "The Fridge" for short) when he played as a DL in the NFL for his size, but his personality is just as large. Recent news of his hospitalization due to complications with Guillain-Barre prompts us to take a walk down memory lane with the Fridge, recalling memorable moments in his career as athlete and entertainer.
The Fridge is best known for his time with the Chicago Bears, where he played defensive tackle from 1985-1993. But he also acted as a lead blocker for RB Walter Payton and sometimes even a ball carrier when his team neared the goal line.
Perry ran the ball in Super Bowl XX in 1986, scoring a touchdown on his second ball carry in the game. The Bears, popular beyond sports circles thanks to the "Super Bowl Shuffle" album and video they produced, went on to win 46-10 agains the New England Patriots.
Eagle to retire
The Refrigerator played briefly for the Philadelphia Eagles in the '93-'94 season. He retired afterward, having played 138 games in 10 years as a pro, with 29.5 sacks to his name.
Champion for the Brits
The Super Bowl champ didn't stay retired for long, joining the London Monarchs in 1996 in a league that would later become NFL Europa. The comeback was very brief (as was the team's longevity), and Perry moved on to more entertaining prospects.
The other ring
In November of 2000, the Fridge entered the Toughman Boxing Competition, fighting Bob "the Beast" Sapp. Perry threw in the towel after one and a half rounds, but he would enter the ring again in 2002, this time losing to Manute Bol in a charity boxing match.