Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football
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Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

Maybe the ACC should honor its courage award in the name of both Brian Piccolo and Darryl Hill

Photo: Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers (left) and James Caan as Brian Piccolo in the movie Brian's Song.

The Atlantic Coast Conference honoring Pitt’s James Conner as winner of the Brian Piccolo Award was a no-brainer. The Piccolo Award is awarded to “the most courageous” player in the ACC, but Conner also is worthy of any such national award.

In 2014, Conner was a the ACC’s leading rusher and an All-American pick, but the comebacks he faced is 2016 were more than recovering from a season-ending knee injury suffered in the 2015 opener. In the process of the examinations to prepare for reconstructive knee surgery, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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