Jordan Howard and Josh Bellamy given the Brian Piccolo Award

Apr 26, 2017, 13:17 PM
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Jordan Howard is a champion for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and the pulmonary fibrosis community. You can read his story and donate in recognition of his work on an off the field by visiting his page at TeamPFF.org.


Apr 25
Story via Chi247Sports by Matt Eurich

Jordan Howard and Joshua Bellamy join an elite list of players who have received the Brian Piccolo award.

Jordan Howard and Josh Bellamy now have one important award to add to their mantles.

On Tuesday, the Chicago Bears presented Howard and Bellamy with the Brian Piccolo Award. The award is given to one rookie and one veteran per season who best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo.

Piccolo went undrafted in 1965 out of Wake Forest but spent five seasons with the Bears before he died of cancer in 1970. His life and friendship with Gale Sayers was documented in the move Brian's Song.

Howard was the team's rookie recipient, while Bellamy took home the veteran honor.

"He displays what humility looks like," said Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains while presenting the award to Howard, according to Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com.

Howard finished the year second in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,313 and was also active in the community and with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

The reaction to Bellamy receiving the award was a little more lighthearted.

"He may be the only current NFL player who has an endorsement deal with himself," joked special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers, via Mayer.

Bellamy caught 19 passes for 282 yards with one touchdown and was a key part of Chicago's special teams. Like Howard, Bellamy was also active in the community throughout the year.

Last year's recipients were tight end Zach Miller and safety Adrian Amos.

 Jordan Howard is a champion for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and the pulmonary fibrosis community. You can read his story, and donate in recognition to his work on an off the field by visiting his page at TeamPFF.org.
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