Bears gamers don No. 41 jersey to honor Brian Piccolo at minicamp

Piccolo O’Connell was one in every of roughly 20 members of the Piccolo household who attended Thursday’s observe, together with every of Brian and Pleasure’s daughters — Lori, Traci and Kristi, in line with the workforce web site.

Piccolo performed components of 4 seasons with the Bears from 1966-1969. His profession and life have been reduce brief resulting from most cancers, as Piccolo died on the age of 26 following his battle with embryonal cell carcinoma.

Thursday’s honor was initially deliberate to happen in 2020, which marked the fiftieth anniversary of Piccolo’s passing. Nevertheless, offseason practices have been canceled then as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Piccolo, an undrafted free agent out of Wake Forest, has lengthy been lauded for his dedication, braveness and the instance he set as a teammate.

The Bears have retired his quantity and annually give out the Brian Piccolo Award, bestowed upon the Chicago participant voted by teammates to greatest exemplify the “braveness, loyalty, teamwork and humorousness” of Piccolo. He has, in fact, additionally been captured for each autumn to return in Brian’s Track, a 1971 movie during which James Caan portrays Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams performs Piccolo’s Corridor of Fame teammate Gale Sayers.

On this Thursday, because the 2022 Bears concluded their minicamp, Piccolo’s reminiscence and legacy carried on.

“It is simply actually particular for all of us that the Bears proceed to honor him the best way they do,” Piccolo’s daughter, Traci Piccolo Dolby, mentioned. “It simply makes us really feel so good.”