The Chicago Bears and the Brian Piccolo Cancer Reserach Fund have named rookie tackle J'Marcus Webb and defensive tackle Anthony Adams the 2010 winners of the Brian Piccolo Award. The award, given annually to a rookie since 1970 and expanded in 1992 to include a veteran as well, is voted on by Bears players to honor fellow players who best exemplify the, "courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo."
About the award:
Brian Piccolo joined the Bears in 1965, following a senior season at Wake Forest during which he led the nation in scoring (111 points) and rushing (1,044 yards). Piccolo was not selected in the NFL draft, but he signed with the Bears as a free agent and made the club. He was in his fourth season when a chest x-ray revealed a malignancy. Several months later on June 16, 1970, he died at age 26 from embryonal cell carcinoma. At the time Piccolo died, the disease was 100% fatal, but today the cure rate is over 70%. He left behind his wife Joy, three daughters, and legions of friends.
Proceeds from the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund benefit breast cancer research at Rush Medical Center and the Clearbrook Center for the developmentally disabled in Arlington Heights.