"P" is for Perry, William Anthony [b. 1962]

Feb 5, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"P" is for Perry, William Anthony [b. 1962]. Football player. Perry weighed more than thirteen pounds at birth. At Aiken High School, he was the focus of nationwide collegiate recruiting, but chose to play at Clemson. At Clemson, he soon earned the nickname “G.E.” from teammates and “Refrigerator” or “Fridge” from others because his six foot, three-inch, 320 pound stature resembled a kitchen appliance. He was Clemson’s first three-time All American. A first-round draft pick in 1985, he played nine seasons with the Chicago Bears. Although a professional-bowl-caliber defensive lineman, he became a national media sensation when Coach Mike Ditka began using the massive rookie as a running back. William Anthony Perry’s popularity was secured when he scored the final touchdown in the Bears’ 46-10 rout of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.