Hicks On Winning Piccolo Award: 'Special Moment'

(670 The Score) The Bears took a break from their offseason program Tuesday at Halas Hall to honor defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and linebacker Roquan Smith as their winners of the Brian Piccolo Award, a prestigious team honor voted by the players.

For Hicks, it was an important recognition that he has especially cherished after learning about what the late Piccolo was like with his Bears teammates. Hicks joined the Mully & Haugh Show on Wednesday morning and discussed the award.

"That was a special moment," Hicks said. "It was a special day altogether. Winning the Piccolo Award, it was huge for me just because that's everything I try to embody as a player. A team guy, fun to be around, hard working, not afraid to hit somebody in the mouth on the field. It's an all-around award, an award that's held in very high regard for our team."

Hicks and the Bears are working through this offseason especially hungry after the way their 2018 season came to such a sudden end. They lost in the wild-card round with a heartbreaking 16-15 defeat handed by the Eagles, bringing the conclusion to a season nin which Chicago enjoyed a worst-to-first turnaround and the NFC North crown.

Hicks made sure he let that result simmer for a bit -- as have other Bears players -- as they prepare to use it for motivation in this new season.

"You have this desire to never let it happen again," Hicks said. "To be ready to tear somebody's head off on the field before you allow them to dance and party on your sideline."

Listen to the full interview with Akiem Hicks and Mully & Haugh: