NFL legend Floyd Little dies at 78

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“After nearly a year of fighting cancer, even fighting cancer, #Floyd D. #Little, hero, brother, uncle, grandfather, father and husband, of the #Pro #Football #Hall of #Famer, and legend of #Syracuse # 44, #Floyd D. graciously bowed his head and met his #Lord and #Savior #Jesus #Christ, ”according to a family statement released on #Saturday.

#Little played his entire nine-year NFL career with the #Broncos, having been selected sixth in the 1967 AFL-NFL #Draft. #In #Denver, he received the nickname “#The #Franchise” and was elected captain of. the team as a rookie.

#Little rushed for over 6,000 yards and scored 43 touchdowns for the #Broncos. #His best season was 1971 when he won the NFL title with 1,133 yards while playing for a team that finished last in his division with a 4-9-1 record.

#He has made the #Pro #Bowl five times and was inducted into the #Pro #Football #Hall of #Fame in 2010. #In his #Hall of #Fame induction speech, he urged listeners to never give up on their dreams.

“Because of those who encouraged me in those early years, I am here today. #So I want to encourage you, every student, every athlete, every person who will hear my voice, don’t listen to the offender. I’ve had a lot of these, ”#Little said. “Do not listen to those who will judge you for your rough edges. #Don’t focus on your weakness so as not to become a victim… #Because the good in you is better than the worst in most. The choice is yours. #Be the best you can be. ”

A native of #New #Haven, #Connecticut, #Little was a three-time #All-American in #Syracuse, an honor that led to his being inducted into the #College #Football #Hall of #Fame in 1983.

#Syracuse #University and the #Denver #Broncos retired #No. 44, #Little’s playing number.

#In #May, it was revealed that #Little had battled neuroendocrine tumors, a rare cell cancer, and had metastasized, according to CNN affiliate KMGH. #He died at his home in #Henderson, #Nevada.
#In #November, #Little entered hospice care, according to former #Syracuse teammate #Patrick #Killorin, who posted on #Facebook, according to CNN affiliate KCNC.
Floyd Little speaks at halftime during an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos on September 26, 2010.
“#Floyd #Little wasn’t just a #Hall of #Fame running back, he was a #Hall of #Fame member,” NFL #Commissioner #Roger #Goodell said in a statement.

“ #Faith, family and football were the pillars of his life. I was fortunate to know #Floyd and to witness the impact he had on others. #Whenever he represented the #Broncos in the annual NFL #Draft, others immediately sought to greet him and his genuine enthusiasm to be with his fellow #Legends and his pride and passion for the #Broncos was undeniable, ”said #Goodell. .

#Little leaves behind his wife, two daughters, a son and several grandchildren, KMGH reported.

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