There are certain sports figures who can do no wrong. Not only are they likable and never embroiled in sordid off-the-field matters, but you’d almost have to give them a pass even if they were because of the importance they had in your childhood. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago and watching those Monsters of the Midway destroy the competition, William “Refrigerator” Perry is one of those figures. Which is why it sucks to hear today that he currently isn’t doing too well in the health department.
According to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Perry - who is shockingly only 45 years old - is suffering from something called Guillain-Barr syndrome, which “affects the peripheral nervous system and causes progressive weakness.” The illness is so crippling on him that Perry needs to use a wheelchair to get around. Again, he’s only 45.