|Born:||September 14, 1964|
|NFL draft||1987 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42|
|Drafted by||New York Jets|
|1987–1989||New York Jets|
|1990||Los Angeles Raiders|
|1995||Memphis Mad Dogs (CFL)|
|1996||Toronto Argonauts (CFL)|
Alex Groncier Gordon (born September 14, 1964) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League from 1987 through 1993. He played college football at the University of Cincinnati.
According to an August 1987 Sports Illustrated article, Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka wanted to draft Gordon in the first round (No. 26 overall) in the 1987 NFL Draft. However, Ditka was overruled by the Bears' front office, which instead selected Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh.
In 1995, Gordon began playing in the Canadian Football League for the U.S. expansion Memphis Mad Dogs. In that one season, he led the team with 61 tackles and 7 sacks.
In 1996, after the Mad Dogs folded, he was selected by the Toronto Argonauts during the dispersal draft. He went on to win the 84th Grey Cup with the Argonauts that season.
William Anthony Perry is a former American football defensive lineman who played in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons, primarily with the Chicago Bears. Nicknamed "The Refrigerator" for his imposing size, he played college football at Clemson University and was selected by the Bears in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft. Perry gained popularity during his rookie season as a member of the Bears team that won the franchise's first Super Bowl in Super Bowl XX. During the season, Perry occasionally played fullback in goal line situations and set the then-record for the heaviest player to score a touchdown at 335 lb (152 kg). He remains the heaviest player to score a touchdown in the Super Bowl and has the largest Super Bowl ring at size 25.
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