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Piccolo, Louis Brian

Born: 1943 AD
Died: 1970 AD, at 27 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Football Player


1943 - Louis Brian Piccolo was born on October 31st in Pittsfield, MA, but spent most of his years growing up in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area.

1964 - He attended Wake Forest University and led the nation in scoring.

1966 - Piccolo rushed 3 times for 12 yards and was active for all 14 games.

1967 - He rushed for 317 yards and caught passes for 103. Each training camp it seemed he was on the bubble to make the roster, but his determination would not let him fail.

         - Bears executive Ed McCaskey suggested that Sayers and Piccolo become the NFL's first interracial roommates. Both players jumped at the opportunity and became close friends.

1968 - His first big chance came in game nine of that season, versus San Francisco at Wrigley Field, the "Kansas Comet" suffered a massive knee injury at the hands of 49er Kermit Alexander. Sayers was lost for the season, and "Pic" stepped right in. In the final five games of that year, Piccolo gained 450 yards on the ground and 281 via pass receptions. He also scored his first two NFL touchdowns.

1969 - On November 28th, Piccolo underwent a 4 and 1/2 hour operation to remove the tumor from his chest. Although during surgery doctors were concerned to find a lymph node that tested positive for cancer, they were optimistic that the operation was a success.

1970 - He died on June 16th from embryonal cell carcinoma, which was found as a large tumor in his chest cavity.

1971 - He was the subject of television movie "Brian's Song".


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