Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Sports from the Past - Chicago Bears Win Super Bowl XX
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I remember watching Super Bowl XX fondly. At the time I wasn't a New England Patriots fan. I loved watching the Chicago Bears that season, a team that fielded arguably one of the best defenses in NFL history.
One player had captured the nation's desire to see him play and be part of the game. The more he played the happier football fans were.
Chicago Bears and William "The Refrigerator Perry" Win Super Bowl XX
William Perry who was fondly called Refrigerator due to his size was a larger than life player.
Perry was a defensive lineman who was able to overpower his opponents due to his size but when Mike Ditka put in Perry to run the ball when the Bears were near the goal line, the NFL world erupted.
The memory of Perry rumbling into the end zone has stuck with me for decades.
The moment was bittersweet for me. I was also a Walter Payton fan and watching Walter on the sideline, demoralized that he wasn't given the ball on that play still saddens me.
The truth was that it wasn't Walter's day. Walter just didn't have it and even though he had worked his whole career to get an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl it wasn't meant to be that Payton would dominate the game.
Payton had played well all season and did his part in the regular season to get the Bears to the Super Bowl but if we're honest with ourselves it was the defense that carried the team and in one moment that will live on in Super Bowl memory, William Perry did as well.