A CBS News report says that former Bear defensive tackle — and occasional touchdown-maker — William “the Refrigerator” Perry was released from a South Carolina hospital yesterday.
Perry had been hospitalized with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a chronic inflammation of the peripheral nerves.
Perry is one of those Bears that has become legendary. Although it’s questionable how much of his reputation he deserves. He was always a decent defensive tackle, especially against the run. But he could have been great if he had kept his weight under control.
That sounds funny to say now. Professional football fields today are filled with players who make Perry look svelte.
It’s hard not to look back at Perry’s career –his offensive hijinks notwithstanding — and not feel at least a twinge of regret at what might have been.
In fact, it’s a bit like looking at the 1985 Bears as a whole. This was an amazing team … for one season. Like Perry, it was a collection of marque talent that never quite lived up to its ability, save for one magical year.