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FSU's Thompson, Miami's Green share Piccolo award

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012

Green was Miami's leading tackler and team captain this fall after recovering from four major injuries that forced him to miss all or a major part of the last three previous seasons. He twice tore the ACL in his right knee, once tore the meniscus in his right knee and also suffered a wrist dislocation.

"Shayon is an amazing individual with an unparalleled work ethic," said Miami coach Al Golden. "I cannot think of anyone who exemplifies the ideals of Brian Piccolo or is more deserving of this award than him. ... His commitment and perseverance is an inspiration to us all."

Piccolo, a Wake Forest running back and ACC Athlete of the Year in 1965, played for the Chicago Bears before his death from cancer in 1970 at age 26. His life and death and close friendship with Bears running back Gayle Sayers were depicted in the film "Brian's Song."