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Monster Of The Midway
Rick Telander
November 04, 1985
William (The Refrigerator) Perry, the Bears' favorite appliance, is one cool commodity in Chicago
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November 04, 1985

Monster Of The Midway

William (The Refrigerator) Perry, the Bears' favorite appliance, is one cool commodity in Chicago

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No. It can't be. A stove, a sink, a dishwasher—but no fridge in Fridge's new house.

"It's all right," says William (The Refrigerator) Perry, the Chicago Bears' 6'2", human kitchen appliance, who has ranged in weight from 370 pounds to his current 308 in the last year. "The builders bought the other stuff. I bought the refrigerator. It just ain't put in yet."

Phew. But the closing on this suburban Mundelein, Ill. home is just a few days off. Wife Sherry and 3-year-old daughter, Latavia, housed for the last two months in a hotel, are ready to resettle. Sherry and Latavia are tiny things, but they have to eat, too. So why isn't the critical object installed yet?

"The builders don't want to be responsible until we move in," says Fridge, also known as Biscuit ("A biscuit under 350," explains Bears tackle Dan Hampton).

So it's kind of a special fridge?

"Yeah."

A big one?

"Yeah, big."

Thank God.

William Perry has a 22-inch neck. Size 58 coat. A smile as wide and innocent as a kid's jack-o'-lantern. In a world that worships at the altar of lean, Fridge praises bulk.

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