TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State tailback Chris Thompson and Miami defensive end Shayon Green are sharing this year's Atlantic Coast Conference Brian Piccolo Award given annually to the most courageous player in the conference.
Both athletes overcame serious injuries to become major contributors to their teams.
Thompson suffered a fractured back against Wake Forest in the Seminoles' fourth game of the 2011 season. He was required to be in an immobilizing brace for three months before beginning his rehabilitation. He was the Seminoles leading rusher despite another season-ending injury in their eighth game this season.
Green was Miami's leading tackler this fall after recovering from a variety of major injuries in the three previous seasons.
Piccolo, the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1965, died from cancer in 1970 at age 26.
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