Football Hall of Famer and longtime Denver Bronco halfback Floyd Little lost his struggle with stage 2 neuroendocrine tumor cancer on Friday, January 1st-New Year’s Day.
Known to many as “The Franchise” for being the frontman of The Broncos, Little established his career with Denver from 1967-1975 as a first-round sixth pick select.
A Connecticut native, Little was raised in New Haven attending Hillhouse High School and Bordentown Military Institute in New Jersey before becoming a Syracuse Orangeman playing three seasons.
Little was a pillar figure for the Denver organization who embodied his teammates with a unique humility and those he came encountered with.
“Without question, Floyd was one of the greatest Broncos of all-time and an unforgettable part of our history” Denver’s President and CEO Joe Ellis stated.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell echoed similar sentiments, “I was so fortunate to know Floyd and witnessed first-hand the impact he had on others”.
“The Franchise” lived up to his moniker during his nine seasons with The Broncos executing 6,323 rushing yards and totaling a career-high 43 touchdowns. He also was the first player to lead the NFL in rushing while playing for an underdog squad.
After his pro ball retirement, Floyd continued his loyalty to his home team attending group functions and faithfully appearing in the Canton, OH Hall of Fame ceremonies.
A three-time Syracuse All-American, Little has inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I feel so blessed in everything, and as long as I can I will always come back [to Canton], and I always hope to see many more Broncos here with me as the years go by” Floyd Little’s own words and testament on his integrity and character.
Floyd Little is survived by his wife Deborah and his three children, Marc, Christy, and Kyra. We here at 4.0 Sports Media and Entertainment would like to express our utmost condolences and sympathy to the Little family on the loss of such a historical figure.