Jeannie Morris's Brian Piccolo: A Short Season displays that even the most diverse individuals can become best friends. Abraham Lincoln once said "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers could not have been more distant, yet they became the closest of friends.
One was white, one was black. One was from the south and one was from the mid-west. One was a first round draft pick the other was signed as a free agent; both had open hearts. Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers were star running backs for the Chicago Bears in the late 1960s. They had once competed for the national rushing title while in collage, now they were roommates. "Brian had a gay effusive personality; inside he was cool and introspective. Gale appears distant to some people, shy to others; privately he is warm and affectionate. But Sayers and Pic had two things in common: open minds and open hearts," (133).
Brian Piccolo attended Wake Forest University, in Winston Salem NC and had a break out performance his senior season. He was competing for such honors as the national rushing title, Offensive Player of the Year, and a spot on the All American Team. Unknowingly, he was competing with one of his future teammates on the Chicago Bears, Gale Sayers. The "Kansas Comet," (Gale Sayers) attended Kansas State University, in Kansas City KA. They were neck and neck throughout the season, until Piccolo edged Sayers out by less than 100 yards to take the title.