The Chicago Bears continued one of their traditions on Tuesday by naming Charles Tillman and Julius Peppers as co-winners of the veteran Brian Piccolo award, while Shea McClellin was named the rookie recipient.
The Brian Piccolo Award, named for the Chicago Bear who died of cancer tragically in 1970, is a cherished honor among Chicago Bears:
The Brian Piccolo Award was originally awarded the same year as Piccolo’s death (1970) to a Chicago Bears rookie who “best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo”.
Piccolo’s courageous battle with cancer was captured in the classic Billy Dee Williams movie Brian’s Song, with James Caan portraying Piccolo.
Tillman is a three-time winner while Peppers and obviously rookie McClellin are first time winners of the award. Head Coach Marc Trestman, DB’s coach Jon Hoke, GM Phil Emery, team President Ted Phillips and Virginia McCaskey were among the Bears brass on hand for the award presentation.
NFL Charities donate $50,000 to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund each year.