“The Fridge” Reincarnated

Henry Melton has made an impact on the Bears defensive line. Will he get the ball on offense as well?

As the Chicago Bears continue their contract dance with running back Matt Forte, they are on the lookout for other ways to add threats within their running game.

Handing off the ball to 6’3”, 293lbs Henry Melton serves as a rather large threat.

The Chicago Tribune has more.

“I have some experience playing running back. (They’re) trying to bring me back, play some fullback a little bit,” Melton said after the Bears’ OTA session Wednesday at Halas Hall.

At [the University of] Texas, Melton was a backup running back for two years and carried 132 times for 625 yards (4.7-yard average) and 16 touchdowns.

“I played a little bit,” Melton said modestly. “Trying to bring it back, see what I’ve got left. It’s fun. I’m trying to perfect my craft at defensive tackle. But it’s a fun switch-up. Any way I can help.

The Bears are no strangers to going large in the backfield.

In the mid-1980s, 6-foot-2, 335-pound William “Refrigerator” Perry made national headlines when he got the call on occasion to plow into the end zone or even catch a TD pass.

Let’s hope Melton can see some of the success ‘The Fridge’ saw in the 80s.

Chicago Tribune: Melton could play Fridge role in Bears’ offense


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