Posted by Will Brinson
One of the more bizarre -- and touching -- stories emerged out of Chicago this week, as a 10-year-old boy used some of his college savings ($8,500, in fact) to purchase William "The Refrigerator" Perry's Super Bowl ring.
Cliff Forrest of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania blew up his college savings account in order to drop that cash on the Perry's 1985 Super Bowl ring. And then return it to the Fridge .
"He only played in one Super Bowl," Cliff said. "I thought he would want it more than I did."
The purchase was approved by Forrest's mother, and apparently didn't pass his dad's smell test.
"I would not have permitted the purchase myself, but his mother is a little more soft-hearted," Forrest said.
In exchange, Perry, who's had a rough post-football life, gave Forrest two signed jerseys that read, "The Fridge, Thanks!"
Perry suffers from Guillain-Barre syndrome, which affects the body's central nervous system. He's also dealt with other personal issues off the field, which likely explains why the ring was available, though the Fridge wouldn't discuss precisely how it ended up like in an auction/sale.
"I'm up and moving around," he said. "I'm doing what I like to do best -- fishing."
For my life, I can't imagine dropping that kind of cash to help a professional athlete, even when I was a little kid. Of course, that would have required me to actually have that kind of cash as a kid, and/or my parents not laughing at me if I tried to spend it.
But the karmic rewards are likely strong with the young Forrest, and hopefully he reaps the rewards of helping a poor soul out.
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