Tag:William Perry
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:55 pm

The Fridge gets his ring back

Posted by Will Brinson

One of the more bizarre -- and touching -- stories emerged out of Chicago this week, as a 10-year-old boy used some of his college savings ($8,500, in fact) to purchase William "The Refrigerator" Perry's Super Bowl ring.

Cliff Forrest of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania blew up his college savings account in order to drop that cash on the Perry's 1985 Super Bowl ring. And then return it to the Fridge .

"He only played in one Super Bowl," Cliff said. "I thought he would want it more than I did."

The purchase was approved by Forrest's mother, and apparently didn't pass his dad's smell test.

"I would not have permitted the purchase myself, but his mother is a little more soft-hearted," Forrest said.

In exchange, Perry, who's had a rough post-football life, gave Forrest two signed jerseys that read, "The Fridge, Thanks!"

Perry suffers from Guillain-Barre syndrome, which affects the body's central nervous system. He's also dealt with other personal issues off the field, which likely explains why the ring was available, though the Fridge wouldn't discuss precisely how it ended up like in an auction/sale.

"I'm up and moving around," he said. "I'm doing what I like to do best -- fishing."

For my life, I can't imagine dropping that kind of cash to help a professional athlete, even when I was a little kid. Of course, that would have required me to actually have that kind of cash as a kid, and/or my parents not laughing at me if I tried to spend it.

But the karmic rewards are likely strong with the young Forrest, and hopefully he reaps the rewards of helping a poor soul out.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:13 pm

Hot Routes 4.3.11: Freeney settles lawsuit

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Colts DE Dwight Freeney was recently hit by a $400,000 lawsuit by a landlord because he allegedly was behind 11 months on his rent for a Hollywood recording studio. But not to worry. A six-figure settlement has made everybody happy. Wait a minute, Freeney rents out a Hollywood recording studio?!?!
  • The wife of former Falcons lineman Shane Dronett, who committed suicide in 2009, reveals some startling information in an interview with CNN, including accounts of his paranoia and rage after he retired from the league in 2006. Not surprisingly, Dronett’s brain revealed he was suffering from CTE.
  • Jay Gruden is excited about the new challenge of being the Bengals offensive coordinator. But, the Tampa Tribune asks, is he a savior?
  • Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer says Panthers fans can forget about seeing Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert in a Carolina uniform next year (unless the Panthers trade down in the draft). But if Carolina stays with the No. 1 choice, fans might see Auburn QB Cam Newton, Georgia WR A.J. Green or LSU CB Patrick Peterson.
  • You remember those two massage therapists who sued the Jets for apparently blacklisting them after objecting to Brett Favre text messages? Well, the Jets say the therapists are overplaying their ties to the club, considering they worked a total of five days during a two-year period.

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