Classic Photos of William "The Refrigerator" Perry
Seemingly as wide as he was tall (6-foot-2), William "The Refrigerator" Perry earned his nickname from an elevator ride during his Clemson years. When he stepped out of the elevator, his immense frame blocked all of the elevator's light and a friend said he looked like a walking refrigerator. Drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by the Chicago Bears, Perry recorded 29.5 sacks, three touchdowns and history's largest Super Bowl ring (size 25 compared to the average man's size 10) through his 10-year NFL career. In celebration of his 54th birthday on Dec. 16, 2016, we present these classic photos of "The Fridge."
Joe Greene was drafted by the Steelers in 1969 with the No. 4 pick and played all 13 years of his career in Pittsburgh. The defensive tackle was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year, as well as the Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 and 1974. He was selected to 10 Pro Bowls during his career. The Hall of Fame "cornerstone of the Steel Curtain" in the 1970s who helped lead the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories, Greene turned 70 years old on Sept. 24, 2016. We present these classic SI photos in honor of "Mean Joe Greene."
Bill Parcells won two Super Bowl rings as head coach of the New York Giants. Known as "The Big Tuna", a nickname about the shape of his physique derived from a team joke during his tenure as linebackers coach of the New England Patriots, Parcells was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. In celebration of his 75th birthday on Aug. 22, 2016, we present these classic photos of Bill Parcells through the years.
Merlin Olson, a fearsome Hall of Fame defensive end who later became famed for his gentle-giant roles on television, was born 76 years ago on Sept. 15, 1940. He died from cancer at the age of 69 in 2010. Olsen was one-fourth of the "Fearsome Foursome" — a famed defensive unit that consisted of he, Deacon Jones, Roosevelt Grier and Lamar Lundy. During his 15-year NFL career he was a 14-time Pro Bowler and missed only two games. Olsen's post-football career including acting on TV's Little House on the Prairie and as the title role in Father Murphy. He was also a longtime NFL broadcaster and served as a popular commercial spokesperson.
Deion Sanders was a one-of-a-kind talent, possibly the greatest cornerback in NFL history and a terrific showman. He dominated the game on defense and special teams, scoring touchdowns as a kick returner, punt returner, cornerback and even as a wide receiver. You could make the argument that Sanders was the greatest pure athlete ever to play pro football — he is the only player to ever score an NFL touchdown and hit a home run in a Major League Baseball game in the same week, a feat he accomplished in 1989. Not that it impacts his football accolades at all, but Sanders' baseball career spanned 1989-97, with a brief return in 2001. In celebration of his 49th birthday on Aug. 9, 2016, we present 21 classic SI photos of No. 21 — nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion" — through the years.
Four-time Pro Bowl and Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, who led the Green Bay Packers to victory in the NFL's first two Super Bowls, turned 83 years old on Jan. 9, 2017. In celebration of his longevity and brilliant career, we present these classic photos of the two-time Super Bowl MVP through the years.
One of the most recognizable faces in Cowboys lore, Troy Aikman quarterbacked Dallas to three Super Bowl championships. He also earned six Pro Bowl nods and Super Bowl XXVII MVP honors, and trails only Tony Romo for most passing touchdowns and yards in Cowboys history. As the Hall of Fame quarterback celebrates his 50th birthday on Nov. 21, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Troy Aikman through the years.