The Chicago Bears awarded former Wildcat and current Bears’ wide receiver Johnny Knox with the Brian Piccolo Award on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Knox and six-time Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz were honored with the annual award given to a Chicago Bears’ rookie and veteran. The award honors players who demonstrate courage, loyalty and a sense of humor.
The award is named after former Bears’ running back Brian Piccolo who died of testicular cancer in 1970. Piccolo’s story gained national attention through the 1971 ABC television movie Brian’s Song, starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. Brian’s Song won the 1971-72 Emmy Award for Best Dramatic Program.
Knox, a fifth-round NFL Draft selection by the Bears, caught 45 passes for 527 yards and 5 touchdowns last season. He also returned 32 kickoffs for 927 yards, including a 102 yard return for a touchdown. Last season, Knox became the 13th rookie in Bears’ history to make the Pro Bowl.