William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry auctioning off Super Bowl XX ring (pics)
William “Refrigerator” Perry, one of the most iconic players from the Super Bowl-shuffling Chicago Bears’ dominant 1985 team that went on to win Super Bowl XX, announced this week that he will be auctioning off the very ring he received for winning said championship.
Perry, only a rookie on the 15-1, modern-era “Monsters of the Midway” Bears squad, was part of the team that secured Super Bowl glory by decimating the New England Patriots by a score of 46-10.
Heritage Auctions will oversee the auction at this week’s National Sports Collectors’ Convention in Dallas, Tex., reports Shutdown Corner. Bidding, also available online, will start at $16,000, but estimates indicate the one-of-a-kind ring could garner upwards of $1 million should the competition to procure it heat up.
The description of the ring in the listing on the auction house’s site reads in part:
Here’s the proof, the largest NFL Championship ring ever produced, estimated at a size twenty-five, though no measuring tool large enough to confirm this figure exists. While it is widely known in the hobby that the ring was rather widely reproduced due to its crowd-pleasing absurdity, we can confirm definitively that this is the one and only original presented to Perry for his part in “shuffling” to Super Bowl XX victory along with Walter Payton, Jim McMahon and Mike Singletary.
Perry has suffered numerous health and financial-related issues following his retirement, including being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a chronic inflammation disorder of the peripheral nerves.
The listing also notes that the ring “will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from Perry himself, and a photograph of Perry holding both that letter and the ring itself.”
Perry, a defensive lineman, rose to superstardom thanks to how he frequently was inserted into the backfield in goal-line situations, scoring three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) during the 1985 regular season, turning him into a larger-than-life, charismatic football player who continues to be one of the most beloved personalities from the 1980s-era NFL … and deservedly so.
(all images courtesy of liveauctioneers.com)