"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."