American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"Brian's Song" (1971)


Gale Sayers: Locker-room Address to Players on Brian Piccolo's Cancer

Audio mp3 delivered by Billy Dee Williams


Sayers: Uh, you uh, all know that we hand out a game ball to the outstanding player. Well, I'd like to change that.

We just got word that Brian Piccolo is -- that's he's sick, very sick.

And, it looks like he might never play football again -- or for a long time.

And, I think we should dedicate ourselves to give our maximum effort to win this game -- and give the game ball to "Pic."

We can all sign it.

And take it up.

[overcome with grief]

Aw, sh....

Oh, my God.


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