The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1970 in memory of the late Brian Piccolo to the “most courageous” football player in the ACC. Piccolo was the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1965 and played for the Chicago Bears before his career was cut short when he was stricken with cancer. His courageous fight against that disease was an inspiration to the Bears and the entire football community.
The award will be presented at the ACC’s Night of Legends event which will be held Friday at the Charlotte Convention Center as part of the festivities held around the ACC championship game.
Godhigh, a former Harrison High School star, overcame three surgeries during the 2013 calendar year to become a major contributor to a Georgia Tech squad that posted a 7-5 overall record, finished second in the ACC Coastal Division and earn bowl game eligibility for the 17th straight year.
The 5-foot-7, 190-pound, fifth-year senior underwent two shoulder surgeries and had an operation on his hand this year.
Despite playing the first five games of the season in a cast, Godhigh ranks 10th among ACC rushers with 644 yards, his 420 receiving yards rank first on Georgia Tech’s team. Godhigh has averaged 10.1 yards per carry and 20 yards per reception, and his 9.1 yards per carry for his career is the second-best in ACC history.
No stranger to beating long odds, Godhigh began his career at Georgia Tech as a walk-on but earned a scholarship prior to his junior season and has started the past two years. He becomes the third winner of the Piccolo Award from Georgia Tech and the first since fullback Ed Wilder in 2000.
“Robert Godhigh should always be a good example to any young football player who is told that he is too small or just not athletic enough to play college football at a high level,” said Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson. “Since coming to Georgia Tech as a walk-on, he has paid his dues, remained patient and has steadily improved into one of the most productive and consistent performers in the ACC. His fighting spirit has been an inspiration to our entire team.”