Hall of Famer Floyd Little dies at 78

Portrait of Floyd Little
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Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little has died. He was 78.

Little died on Friday, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The former Broncos standout, who spent nine seasons with the team, was diagnosed with cancer in May.

He entered the Hall of Fame in 2010. Little generated 6,323 rushing yards, and he racked up 2,418 receiving yards. Little also scored 54 total touchdowns, including a pair of punt returns. He also threw a touchdown pass, in 1972.

Little’s best season came in 1971, when he gained 1,133 rushing yards.

In November, the Broncos sent Little a game ball following the team’s upset win over the Dolphins.

We extend our condolences to Little’s family, friends, and teammates.

16 responses to “Hall of Famer Floyd Little dies at 78

  1. Many years before moving to Denver in the 70’s and becoming a diehard lifetime Broncos fan , i grew up in Syracuse , NY .
    Floyd Little followed in the rich Syracuse University running back tradition begun by the great Jim Brown and the late Ernie Davis , the first black Heisman Trophy winner . He had so much to do with the success of the Denver Bronco franchise . R.I.P. Floyd , you provided many happy memories for this Syracuse / Bronco fan !

  2. How sad I remember him when I was very young. RIP Mr little may God bless you and your family.

  3. I remember reading an article on rookie Floyd Little in Boys Life magazine, as a kid. He was an amazing player.

  4. Agree 100%. Voting down on condolences shows just how many rotten scumbags there are out there. Sad.

  5. Him and Terrell Davis were best RBs Denver ever had. I remember him in big gms vs the Steelers. RIP Mr Little

  6. I loved watching him play. He was the 71’s version of Darren Sproles. Very quick and elusive. RIP Mr. Little.

  7. I was at DIA headed for Seattle, checking in at a kiosk, looked up and at the kiosk right across from me is this fellow, I said ‘excuse me, your Floyd Little’ he said yes I am. We must have chatted for 15 or 20 minutes. I don’t think we ever talked about football, just life, family etc. Yes he was a kind gracious man not to mention a great football player. God rest your soul Floyd Little.
    and for the 30 odd people who vote some of these comments down, be ashamed, be very ashamed.

  8. Thelma Peckerwood says:
    January 2, 2021 at 8:57 pm
    Darren sproles??? Floyd was a huge brusing back

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    boonevol says:
    January 2, 2021 at 10:08 pm
    5’10” 196 lbs according to Pro FB Reference.

    Wow! Maybe it because it was 40 years ago and I had a small black & white TV but I remember thinking he was much smaller. My bad.

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