Calgary Herald

Boy’s gesture melts The Fridge


FOOTBALL • Chicago Bears great William “The Refrigerat­or” Perry has his 1985 Super Bowl ring back on his finger thanks to a 10-year-old boy.

Cliff Forrest of Fox Chapel, Pa., took $8,500 out of his college savings account to buy Perry’s Super Bowl ring in New York.

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

So the boy asked his dad if he could give the back to Perry, who has been diagnosed with GuillainBa­rre syndrome. The autoimmune disease attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis.

Cliff’s parents agreed and set out to return the ring to Perry, taking a flight to Chicago and giving the former football player his ring before an autograph session.

“He was very appreciati­ve and he said, ‘Thank you’,” Cliff said.

In return, Perry gave the boy two autographe­d jerseys signed: “The Fridge, Thanks!”

Perry won’t say how his Super Bowl ring ended up for sale. These days he said he is doing better, though sometimes he uses a battery-powered scooter.

“I’m up and moving around,” he said. “I’m doing what I like to do best — fishing.”

His former coach, Mike Ditka, thinks he looks good too.

“It’s the best I’ve seen him look in a long time,” Ditka said. “He’s really working at it.”

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