University of Regina Rams product and current Chicago Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks channelled his inner Fridge.
During the Bears loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, Hicks powered his way into the end zone on a fourth-down one-yard dive for a touchdown that was reminiscent of William “The Fridge” Perry in the mid-1980s. It was called “freezer left.”
Akiem Hicks (332 pounds) is the first @ChicagoBears defender to score a rushing TD since…
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“We have had that play in for weeks, and we’ve been practicing it,” Bears head coach Matt Nagy said.
“The rain was coming down. There was times where – I don’t know if you guys could tell – but there were some times out there on the field where the ball was slick, and so in that situation, that was the time where we felt like, ‘Hey, No. 1, let’s get this snap under centre. Let’s give (Hicks) a chance,’ and he is hard to stop down there with getting that ball full-steam ahead.”
Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks is the 3rd player with a sack and a rushing touchdown in the same game since sacks became official in 1982.
He joins Shaun Smith in 2010 and William “The Refrigerator” Perry in 1985. pic.twitter.com/9N1nHrE2b3
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Hicks said he was pumped after getting the call.
“Super excited to get behind our big fellas, our other big guys, and let them get me to the end zone,” Hicks said of his first career TD run. “It was pretty cool, man. It was a fun play and it was exciting.”
Hicks transferred from Lousiana State University to Regina where he played two seasons before being drafted in the third round, 89th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2012 NFL draft.
The 29-year-old is in his third season with the Bears after playing four in New Orleans and one with the New England Patriots to begin his career.
The new age Fridge was built in Canada.
– with AP files