Via the Chicago Sun-Times comes the most gushy, feel-good, and all-around awesome sports story of the day. A selfless 10-year-old kid from Pittsburgh pulled a huge solid for former Chicago Bears defensive lineman William Perry: He gave the NFL legend his one and only Super Bowl ring back. It's definitely Bro of the Week worthy. Read all about it below:
According to the Sun-Times, story, The Fridge was recently contacted by Cliff Forrest Jr, an admirer who wasn't even alive when he played in the 1985 Super Bowl. After a visit to Mickey Mantle's restaurant and sports bar in New York City, the young sports memorabilia collector insisted on purchasing Perry's Super Bowl XX ring. Rather than a letting once-in-a-blue-moon item pass, he ended up dipping into his college savings to buy the ring for $8,500 from the restaurant's memorabilia arm. Fitted originally for Perry's massive fingers, the paper notes the ring itself is big enough to fit around Cliff's wrists as a bracelet.
After acquiring the ring, Cliff read about Perry's health problems and battle with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an auto-immune disorder that causes weakness and paralysis and forces him to a motorized scooter. Cliff's mother suffers from MS, so the youngster had a change of heart about holding on to the keepsake. He told the Sun-Times: “I Googled Mr. Perry and saw that he had a disease and had to sell it because of rough times. He only played in one Super Bowl. I thought he would want it more than I did.”
According to the paper, Cliff and his family flew to Chicago this past weekend at the Ace Hardware Spring Convention, where Perry was pitching grill products and signing autographs. The paper notes he was "overwhelmed by the gesture." Unforunately, it looks like no one captured the Hallmark moment where Perry received his Super Bowl ring back. But, here's video the Chicago Trib shot from the same day.
Let's hear it for Cliff Forrest Jr. Mad respect. If you see this kid, buy him a root beer.