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Floyd Little, the Hall of Fame running back who played for Syracuse University and the Denver Broncos, died Friday at the age of 78. He had been battling cancer for a year. Little played from the Broncos from 1967 through 1975, rushing for 6,233 yards and 43 touchdowns. He made four Pro Bowls and was a first-team All Pro in 1969.
“After nearly a year of confronting, even battling cancer, the beloved hero, brother, uncle, grandfather, father and husband, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Denver Bronco, and Syracuse #44 Legend, Floyd D. Little ran his last mile, gracefully bowed his head, and met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” his family said in a statement.
Tributes have come pouring in for Little:
On January 1, 2021, my best friend, my father, met Jesus Christ. I cannot be more happy for him. I will miss him more than I can fathom. I was blessed to have Floyd Little as my father. I am the luckiest son in the world. https://t.co/bduj250awH
— Marc Little (@ProdigalRepub) January 2, 2021
The professional football world today is celebrating the life and mourning the passing of Floyd Little. A member of the Class of 2010, Little died Friday. He was 78.
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) January 2, 2021
Floyd Little and I were students at Syracuse University together. And over the years, I got to know the man behind the number. He was full of character, decency, and integrity. I will miss my friend. The entire Biden family sends our love to DeBorah and the Little family. https://t.co/OsmyvPBFvu
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 3, 2021
I have lost a great friend and Syracuse University has lost one of its all-time greatest ambassadors. Floyd Little brought a smile to the face of everyone he encountered. Juli and I send our condolences to DeBorah and Floyd’s family. pic.twitter.com/sIdzEdwhkV
— Jim Boeheim (@therealboeheim) January 2, 2021
"Leave a legacy that you and your family can be proud of. I've given you the best that I've got, and I'm a better person for it."
– Floyd Little pic.twitter.com/fBJUAGkUmm
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) January 2, 2021
— Terrell Davis (@Terrell_Davis) January 2, 2021
Rest In Peace, Floyd little. It was an honor meeting you last year. I’m forever thankful for the moment you reading my name as the 51st pick to the Denver Broncos. From one 44 to another. pic.twitter.com/J0kFTlZk1A
— DeMarcus Walker (@livinglegend_44) January 2, 2021
Floyd Little put #BroncosCountry on the map.
Remembering “The Franchise”: pic.twitter.com/pGSkWvvsyR
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 2, 2021
“Floyd Little embodied what it means to be Orange.” – Chancellor Syverud pic.twitter.com/TzzEwHb5Ud
— Syracuse University (@SyracuseU) January 2, 2021
RIP Floyd Little. Here is a clip of Chadwick Boseman playing him in The Express. Two legends gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/JWe2iyfx0k
— The Marshall Street Podcast 🍊 (@MarshallStPod44) January 2, 2021
A statement from Tom Coughlin on the passing of Floyd Little. pic.twitter.com/ppazl96JJp
— Tom Coughlin Jay Fund (@tcjayfund) January 2, 2021
Condolences to Floyd Little's family. One of the great privileges in my career was getting to know Floyd, a Hall of Famer in every way.
— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) January 2, 2021
Our thoughts go out to Little’s friends and family.