This is the feel good story of the week right here. After reading this article a couple months ago about the rise and fall of William “The Refrigerator” Perry, I was saddened to see what had become of such a bright athlete and person that provided such joy to all for a couple years. (By the by, if you have not read this, please do, Tom Friend really wrote a great story here and it might be one of the best things ESPN has on it’s site all year.) Anyway, fast forward a couple months and suddenly, there is a little bit of a reason to let out a big gap-toothed smile for the ‘Fridge again.
The ‘Fridge finally got his Super Bowl ring back thanks to young Cliff Forrest who might be one of the nicest humans on the planet. This 10 year old kid dropped like $8500 from his college money on the ‘Fridge’s ring, looked Perry up on the internet, saw that he was sick and said to himself “This man needs this ring more than I do”.
“He said Perry lost the ring through hard times, and that he only had one ring. He said, ‘I want him to have the ring back.’ That’s pretty special for a 10-year-old to want to do that.”
Special? Its downright awesome! I mean, its also borderline insane as well. I dont normally give away $8,500 gifts and, unlike young Cliffy here, I could even use that as a possible tax write-off. This kid did it for nothing! I mean he got two autographed Bears jerseys and some playing cards, but that is in no way close to recouping the $8,500 he spent from his college fund on that ring.
Oh and let me say this a third time, he spent $8,500 from his college fund on the ring! By just giving this ring away, he essentially gave one year of state college away to the William Perry. HE TRADED COLLEGE FOR MAKING THE FRIDGE HAPPY!
Granted, going to college these days won’t get you as far as it used to. It can be said that you’d probably be better off learning a trade and learning it well. You certainly could have a better shot at owning your own business if you do it right. But still, college can be pretty damn important if you do it right and he gave away at least a year of it, for a football player that he didn’t ever watch play.
He never got a chance to watch that fat bastard run the ball in from the one yard line. Never got to see him dance in the end zone. He never even got the chance to play with the G.I. Joe action figure that came with a giant cinder block on chain instead of a gun (I guess the ‘Fridge didn’t need a gun). He pretty much knew nothing about the guy until he googled him and saw that he wasn’t a well or happy man and thought that this ring would make more of a difference for Perry rather than himself.
Pretty awesome. The video story of it is after the jump