The "Jet" may have been the most exciting runner in Cal Poly football history. Perry held or shared numerous school rushing and scoring records and was a member of the 1953 championship team. For 12 years, Perry's record for most touchdowns (13) stood. He received All-Conference and All-America honors. He played professional football for the Chicago Bears in 1956-1957. With the Bears he played halfback gaining 316 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns.
Perry coached football, basketball, and track for most of his 25 years at Steubenville City School District. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at San Bernardino Valley College, California.
Perry retired in May of 1999 from Steubenville City Schools. He and his wife Mildred live in Steubenville, Ohio. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He has been a deacon at Mt. Carmel Community Baptist Church for the past 30 years.