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J’Marcus Webb, Anthony Adams are Bears’ Piccolo winners

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

During his rookie season, Bears offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb did more listening than talking, endearing himself to teammates and coaches.

On Tuesday, he delivered a thoughtful and reverent speech in accepting the Brian Piccolo Award at Halas Hall.

‘‘I stand here humbled by the Brian Piccolo Award,” Webb said quietly. ‘‘This award embodies the ideals of what a Chicago Bears player should strive to be. I’m not sure I’ll be able to measure up to such a man. But I certainly do promise to inspire others through my hard work and dedication.’’

Webb, in fact, reached out to Piccolo’s widow, Joy, the first time any player has ever done that. The award is named in honor of Brian Piccolo, who died from embryonal cell carcinoma in 1970 at 26, and is given to a player who exemplifies courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and a sense of humor.

‘‘That may have been the best speech by a player I have ever heard for the Piccolo Award,” Bears president Ted Phillips said. ‘‘It obviously meant a lot to him.’’

Defensive tackle Anthony
Adams was voted the veteran winner by his teammates.

Adams and Webb shined at Halas Hall, but three other players were politely turned away. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson lifted the league’s lockout, but, with the exception of the New York Giants, many teams closed their weight rooms to players.

‘‘Obviously, it’s a win for players and all the fans,’’ said kicker Robbie Gould, the Bears’ union representative. ‘‘The players want to go back to work.’’

With regard to the Piccolo Award, Adams distinguished himself because he plays the unglamorous position of nose tackle.

‘‘You’re going to get double-teamed, and your primary job is to stay in the crack and occupy a couple of guys to allow the Brian Urlachers to be themselves,’’ coach Lovie Smith said. ‘‘Anthony is an unselfish player.’’

Webb rose from a seventh-round pick to a fixture at right tackle.

‘‘[Webb] made the most progress of any player I’ve witnessed in my time in the NFL,’’ offensive coordinator Mike Martz said.

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