On This Date 6/16/1970

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Brian Piccolo loses his battle with cancer. The Chicago Bears running back was diagnosed with lung cancer in the middle of the 1969 season. Cancer would prove to be aggressive as it reappeared after his initial treatment. Brian Piccolo was just 26 years old. His struggles and friendship with Gayle Sayers would later be portrayed in an award-winning television movie entitled “Brian’s Song.”

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