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Sport 50 years ago, Gale Sayers paid stirring tribute to Brian Piccolo

23:01  25 may  2020
23:01  25 may  2020 Source:   touchdownwire.usatoday.com

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Fifty years ago on May 25, 1970, Gale Sayers accepted the George S. Halas Award at a dinner in New York City. His speech was emotional and left the 600 in attendance awed. Gale Sayers , the great running back, spoke from the heart about his friend and fellow Bears RB Brian Piccolo .

Sayers , who recovered from a serious knee injury to lead the league in rushing in 1969, won the George S. Halas Most Courageous Player award. The following year , Brian ’s Song debuted on ABC, starting Billy Dee Williams as Sayers and James Caan as Piccolo . When it first aired, Brian ’s Song

Fifty years ago on May 25, 1970, Gale Sayers accepted the George S. Halas Award at a dinner in New York City. His speech was emotional and left the 600 in attendance awed.

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Gale Sayers, the great running back, spoke from the heart about his friend and fellow Bears RB Brian Piccolo.

Sayers was a first-round pick out of Kansas. Piccolo was an undrafted free agent out of Wake Forest. The two struck up an unlikely friendship. Piccolo died at age 26 from embryonal cell carcinoma, an aggressive form of germ cell testicular cancer, first diagnosed after it had spread to his chest cavity.

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50 years ago , Gale Sayers paid stirring tribute … Перевести эту страницу. Then, somehow, Gale Sayers summoned the strength to finish his speech with this: “You flatter me by giving me this award, but I tell you here and now that I accept it for Brian Piccolo .

25.05.2020 · Fifty years ago on May 25, 1970, Gale Sayers accepted the George S. Halas Award at a dinner in New York City. His speech was emotional and left the 600 in attendance awed. Gale Sayers , the great running back, spoke from the heart about his friend and fellow Bears RB Brian Piccolo .

a group of football players on the field © Provided by Touchdown Wire The video below is from “Brian’s Song,” one of the great sports movies of all-time that premiered on ABC. The speech is re-enacted by actor Billy Dee Williams, who played Sayers in the movie. James Caan played Brian Piccolo.

The trailer for the 1971 movie:

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