By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little has passed away. He was 78.
An official cause of death has been announced yet. We previously reported that Little was battling cancer.
Little died on New Year’s Day.
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“Floyd Little was a true hero of the game,” Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker said in a statement. “He was a man of great integrity, passion, and courage. His contributions off the field were even greater than his amazing accomplishments he did on it. Floyd’s smile, heart, and character epitomized what it meant to have a Hall of Fame life.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Floyd’s wife, DeBorah, and their entire family. We will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration for future generations. The Hall of Fame flag will be flown at half-staff in Floyd’s memory.”
Little played for the Denver Broncos from 1967 through 1975. He was a five-time Pro Bowler during his playing career.
The Broncos have his No. 44 retired. In addition, the Syracuse Orange also have the No. 44 retired by the school.
He is also part of the Broncos Ring of Honor. The New Haven, Connecticut-born athlete lead the NFL in rushing in 1971.
Plus, he also led league in rushing touchdowns in 1973. Besides being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Little is also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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“Everyone with the Denver Broncos family is heartbroken with the passing of Floyd Little,” Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said. “Without question, Floyd was one of the greatest Broncos of all-time and an unforgettable part of our history. He rightfully earned the nickname ‘The Franchise’ for his profound impact on this organization, helping to put the Broncos on the pro football map in the early days. As the first Pro Football Hall of Famer to star for the Broncos, Floyd brought credibility to this team while becoming one of the most dominant players of his era. Seeing him finally receive that Gold Jacket was the culmination of a tremendous lifetime in football. Even after his retirement, Floyd was a wonderful ambassador for the game and the Denver Broncos, carrying himself with warmth, kindness and class — always with humility and a smile.
“In recent months, he faced his cancer diagnosis with the same grit and determination that defined his incredible playing career. On behalf of the Broncos, we extend our deepest condolences to Floyd’s wife, DeBorah, the entire Little family, his many fans and all of his loved ones.”
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