First the 'Fridge,' now the 'Freezer'

Consumer Reports News: January 27, 2011 05:29 PM

When B.J. Raji intercepted a pass and ran 18 yards for a touchdown in last week's NFC championship game, the Green Bay Packers’ 337-lb. defensive lineman became the biggest man to score a postseason touchdown in NFL history, according to ESPN’s NFL Nation blog. Raji broke the record set in 1986 by the Chicago Bears' William "The Refrigerator" Perry, who the NFL Nation reports weighed 318 pounds when he scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XX.

This isn't the first time that Raji has been compared to Perry. "I was miked up for the Atlanta [Falcons] game, and one of the trainers came to me and said, 'You look like The Fridge out there,'" Raji told the Canadian Press. "And I was just playing around, 'I'm the Freezer.' I was making a joke, just making light of the situation and having a good time with it. So I guess, in retrospect, I came up with the name."

Raji's nickname has stuck and now Packers fans are wearing T-shirts that say "The Freezer keeps my cheese safe." While we prefer to keep our cheese in the fridge, it'll be interesting to see if Raji helps bring home the Super Bowl trophy for Cheesehead fans on Sunday Feb. 6. Whatever the game's outcome, Raji has already joined a rarefied group of athletes with appliance-based monikers, including:

  • Brooks Robinson, the Hoover: That's Hoover as in vacuum cleaner. The Baltimore Orioles third baseman earned the name during the 1970 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds when he was named most valuable player. Known for catching almost every ball that came his way, Brooks won a record 16 straight Gold Gloves from 1960 through 1975 as the best third baseman in the American League, according to his official website.
  • Vinnie Johnson, the Microwave:  Although he was the sixth man on the Detroit Pistons championship teams in 1989 and 1990, Johnson had a knack for coming off the bench to score a lot of points in a short period of time. Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics gave Johnson his nickname, noting his ability to quickly heat up the offense.

If Green Bay is victorious, there's another Refrigerator record waiting to be broken. At size 25, Perry's Super Bowl ring size is the largest of any professional football player in championships history. (The average size for a man is between 10 and 12.)

We've got our own list of All-Stars, appliances that is. As in real freezers and refrigerators. Picking the top performers from our tests, we recently put together a roster. For Ratings and recommendations of all the appliances we test, check our Appliances section.

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