A groundbreaking television event, BRIAN'S SONG is dramatic a true story based on the unique relationship that developed between the black Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and the late white athlete, Brian Piccolo (James Caan), star players for the Chicago Bears football team. Beginning with their first meeting amid the struggle for a starting backfield assignment, a friendship blossoms between Sayers and Piccolo. At the height of the competition, Sayers suffers a severe knee injury that threatens to end his career. He makes a full recovery but fate throws a cruel downfield block after Piccolo discovers he has cancer. It's up to Sayers to help Brian wage a heroic fight against a deadly enemy.