Tillman, Peppers, McClellin win Piccolo

April, 23, 2013
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, defensive end Julius Peppers and defensive end Shea McClellin were announced as the recipients of the Brian Piccolo Award during a press conference Tuesday at Halas Hall.

Since 1970, Bears players have voted annually to select a teammate they feel best exemplifies the qualities of the late Brian Piccolo. The honor was originally given out to just a rookie player, but in 1992 the award was expanded to include a veteran as well.

Piccolo, who signed with the Bears in 1965 as a free agent out of Wake Forest, died in 1970 at the age of 26 from embryonal cell carcinoma.

Tillman is a three-time winner.

This marks the first time three players have been honored with the Piccolo Award since 1997.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.

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