William “The Refrigerator” William is known and beloved by Chicago Bears’ fans for his part in the 1985 Super Bowl championship and for his big personality.
In his playing days he was always in high spirits, but that hasn’t necessarily been the case recently. In a recent ESPN.com article, a darker side of Perry was shown. The article talked about Perry’s struggle with alcohol and various health problems.
But it looks as if things have turned around for the Bears’ legend.
“I was real bad for a while, but everything is subsiding,” Perry told the Chicago Tribune.
“He’s come a long way,” Adam Plotkin, his agent for 10 years, told the Tribune as Perry signed posters for fans at the recent Ace Hardware Spring Convention. “You see how quick he is writing his signature? He had to relearn that, how to sign his name.”
In 2008 Perry was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an illness where the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. As a result, Perry was almost paralyzed and nearly went deaf.
Perry told the Tribune that his hearing, like the rest of his health and his life, is improving.