Gale Sayers joins the Chicago Bears and is befriended by Brian Piccolo, an over-achieving running back. Although they compete for the same spot on the team, and despite the fact that Sayers is black and Piccolo white, they become roommates on the road and very close friends, especially when Sayers is injured and Piccolo helps his recovery. Later, they and their wives must both deal with the harsh reality of Piccolo's cancer. Written by
Jerry Milani <firstname.lastname@example.org>
An inspiring true story of friendship and courage.
Did You Know?
In real life, James Caan
, who had been a football player in high school, was a much better athlete than Billy Dee Williams
. In the movie, Gale Sayers, was supposed to surpass Brian Piccolo, in speed and playing ability. When Caan raced Williams on film, Caan was forced to slow down considerably so Williams could beat him. See more
The pattern of sweat on Sayer's sweatshirt changes when he is working out with Piccolo after the knee injury. See more
[accepting the George S. Halas award
I'd like to tell you about a guy I know, a friend of mine. His name is Brian Piccolo. And 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 a mental attitude that makes me proud to have a friend who spells out the world 'courage,' 24 hours a day, every day of his life. Now you honor me by giving me this award. But I say to you here now Brian Piccolo is the man who deserves the George S....
Referenced in Going the Distance
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
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