Brian’s Song (television) Aired on The Wonderful World of Disney on December 2, 2001. A remake of the moving 1971 television film about the life and death of Chicago Bears fullback, Brian Piccolo, and his friendship with black player, Gale Sayers. A production of Storyline Entertainment, distributed by Columbia Tristar Television. Directed by John Gray. Stars Sean Maher (Brian Piccolo), Mikhi Phifer (Gale Sayers), Ben Gazzara (George Halas), Paula Cale (Joy Piccolo), Elise Neal (Linda Sayers). Based on the book I am Third, by Gale Sayers and Al Silverman.