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KLHUULIO Brian Piccolo dead WMHUlMMBMMI^MM M WM«NM«•BIMH^ ^^f^ Cancer takes Bear runner Associated Press • NEW YORK - Running sack Brian Piccolo of the Chicago Bears, saluted recently by teammate Gale Sayers as V a friend who spells out the toord courage 24 hours a day «very day of his life", died yesterday of cancer at the age of 26. v • Survivors include his widow, Joy, and three small daughters. Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Death came at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases to the courageous athlete who was an unspectacular football player but left a lasting mark because of his bravery in the face of the dread killer. "He was so young to die, with a future that held so much for him," said George Halas, the owner of the Chicago Bears. "But Brian made uie most of the brief 26 years alloted to him, and he will not be forgotten." , One of those who will not forget the former. Wake Forest star who was the country's top ground gainer and leading scorer in 1964 is Sayers, who Piccolo began rooming with when the Bears decided on a policy of integrated rooming three years ago. Just three weeks ago, at a dinner in New York at which Sayers was honored as pro football's Most Courageous Athlete for his comeback from a knee injury, Sayers had the audience in tears with an emotional speech in which he paid tribute to Piccolo. "You flatter me by giving me this award," said Sayers, "But I tell you here and now that I accept it for Brian Piccolo. Brian Piccolo is the man of courage who should receive the award. It is mine tonight. It is Brian Piccolo's tomorrow. "I love Brian Piccolo and I'd like all of you to love him too. When you hit your knees to pray tonight please ask God to love him too." Sayers credited Piccolo with being one of the people who had urged him on as he made his comeback and asked the audience "to compare his courage with that which I am supposed to possess. "Think of Brian and his courage and fortitude shown in the months since, last November, in and out of hospitals, hoping to play football again but not too sure at any time what the score was or might be. Brian Piccolo has never given up... "He has the heart of a giant and that rare form of courage that allows him to kid himself and his opponent — cancer. He has the mental attitude that makes me proud to have a friend who spells out the word courage 24 hours a day every day of his life." Piccolo signed as a free agent with the Bears, and made many contributions. Piccolo took over for the final five games of the season and carried 76 times for 269 yards, finishing with 450 yards — the best of his career. He played during the 1969 season until Nov. 23 when he was declared out of a game against Baltimore because of a cough. The cough turned out to be cancer, and Piccolo underwent a 4 ] /fe-hour operation at the end of last November for the removal of a malignant tumor in his chest. Three months later he underwent further treatment and this month again returned to Memorial Hospital. "At first the word malignancy scared the heck out of me," said Piccolo. "But the doctor was just fabulous. He talked to me a lot — e,ven before the first operation — and made me understand. He told me the alternatives and what could happen. "By the time he was done I was saying, 'Oh, boy, let's go.' Piccolo said he felt the public needed that kind of education to fight the battle with cancer. PERMANENTLY ATTACHED wittiMtwmti Medi-Hair the alt/mat* solution to bifdMcs NOT A HAIRPIECE, WEAVING OR TRANSPLANT Medi-Hair is human hair that be* comes part of your anatomy. M Kke your skin, teeth, or tingernafe. 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