The accolades for former North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen after an impact rookie season continue.

Cohen, who rushed for 370 yards and two touchdowns, was honored with the Brian Piccolo Award presented by the Chicago Bears.

“It means a lot,” Cohen told “It just shows what my teammates think of me and that I’m really fitting in. That was my biggest worry coming into the NFL. You’ve been with a team for four years in college and then you’re in a whole new setting, so to see that I’m fitting in well, it means a lot.”

The team selects a veteran and rookie annually who exemplifies “the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor” of the late Bears running back who died of cancer in 1970. Cohen was honored along with veteran Benny Cunningham.

Taken by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Cohen became the first NFL rookie since Gayle Sayers to account for a rushing, receiving, passing and punt return touchdown in a single season.


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