'Fridge' To Tackle Hot Dog Champ

William "Refrigerator" Perry headshot, as Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle AP

Ever wonder how many hot dogs the Fridge can hold? Well you'll find out this summer as William "The Refrigerator" Perry, the 400-pound-plus ex-NFL star, participates in the annual July 4th hot dog eating contest in Coney Island.

Over the weekend, Perry earned a berth in the competition, sponsored by Nathan's Famous, by winning a qualifying contest despite an unimpressive total of just 12 franks in 12 minutes.

Contest spokesman Richard Shea says Perry now has the chance to follow in the footsteps of other two-sport stars like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders.

Perry has his work cut out for him. The two-time defending champ, Takeru Kobayashi, won last year's competition with a record 50-and-a-half hot dogs in 12 minutes, establishing a new world record.

Kobayashi weighs in at 130 pounds.
  • Melissa Cheung

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