Dick the Bruiser was born William Richard Afflis and played on the Packers offensive and defensive lines from 1951-54. Titletown was a ways off in Green Bay’s future as the Packers went 15-32-1 in Afflis’s 48 games. This group of Packers were more interested in drinking beer than winning. And Afflis fit right in.
NFL players in the battle royal included Bill Fralic, Jimbo Covert, Russ Francis, Ernie Holmes, Harvey Martin and William “the Refrigerator” Perry. The Fridge was at the height of his popularity after winning the Super Bowl with the Bears in 1985 and went over big time with the Chicago fans. He also provided the match’s most memorable moment.