After selling his one and only NFL Championship ring due to financial troubles (most likely stemming from mounting medical bills), Chicago’s former defensive lineman in the late ’80s, William “The Refrigerator” Perry was once again reunited with the rare ring.
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A 10-year-old avid sports memorabilia collector, Cliff Forrest Jr. had bought the ring for $8,500 that he took out of his college fund, but once he found out that Perry suffered from a disease and was force to sell his only Championship ring, he made a special trip to return the ring to its rightful owner.
William Perry was best known for playing as a defensive lineman for Chicago in the ’80s and even made it all the way to the big game in 1986, scoring a touchdown and helping his team with a victory that earned him a championship ring. Because of his size, Perry even holds the record for the largest ring size of any pro football player in history with a ring size of 25.
But after contracting Guillain-Barre syndrome that damages the nerves and causes weakness and even paralysis, Perry was forced to sell his prized ring during hard times. The boy who used his college fund to buy the ring found out about Perry’s disease and decided to make a huge gesture to the player.
Cliff Forrest of Pittsburgh told the Chicago Sun-Times, “I googled Mr. Perry and saw that he had a disease and had to sell it because of rough times. He only played in one Super Bowl. I thought he would want it more than I did.”
He and his family took a special trip out to Chicago where Perry was doing an autograph signing and personally returned the ring to its rightful owner. Perry later told the paper that he was “overwhelmed” by the gesture of the young fan.
Perry now uses a scooter to get around and losing his hearing, but he told the Times he’s doing much better these days.
“I’m doing a whole lot better. I’m up and moving around. I’m doing what I like to do best…fishing,” Perry commented.
Watch the young fan’s story of returning the ring back to “The Fridge”:
[Source: Daily Mail]