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Brian Piccolo (October 31, 1943 – June 16, 1970) was a professional football player, a running back for the Chicago Bears for four years and roommate of Gale Sayers. Piccolo died at age 26 from embryonal cell carcinoma first diagnosed after it had spread to his chest cavity. He was the subject of the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song.
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Football History - Deaths June 16,1970 - Louis Brian Piccolo was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears for four years. He died from embryonal cell carcinoma, an aggressive form of germ cell testicular cancer. keepinitrealsports.tumblr.com keepinitrealsports.wordpress.com Mobile- m.keepinitrealsports.com
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1970: The funeral of Brian Piccolo ( Chicago Tribune archive photo / September 5, 2012 ). Piccolo's wife on the left; Gale Sayers at far right. 1970: The funeral of Brian Piccolo ( Chicago Tribune archive photo / September 5, 2012 ) Piccolo's wife on the left; Gale Sayers at far right.