Floyd Little

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Floyd Little
Floyd Little.JPG
At his Denver Broncos Ring of Fame ceremony in 2010.
Born (1942-07-04)4 July 1942
New Haven, Connecticut
Position(s) Halfback
College Syracuse
Common Draft 1967 / Round 1 Pick 6
Jersey #(s) 44
Career highlights
AFL All-Star 1968, 1969
AFC-NFC
Pro Bowl
1970, 1971, 1973
Honors Denver Broncos Ring of Fame
Statistics
Teams
1967-1969
1970–1975
AFL Denver Broncos
NFL Denver Broncos
College Football Hall of Fame, 1983
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2010

Floyd Douglas Little (born July 4, 1942) is a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back,[1] and was a three-time American football All-American running back at Syracuse University. In 1967 he was the 6th selection of the first common AFL-NFL draft. He was the first ever first-round draft pick to sign with the American Football League's Denver Broncos, where he was known simply as "The Franchise."

Football[edit]

College career[edit]

Little was the only three-time All-American running back to compete for the Syracuse University Orangemen.[2]

Professional career[edit]

In 1975, Little retired as the NFL's 7th all-time leading rusher with 6,323 yards rushing and 54 total touchdowns (rushing, receiving and returns). He also threw a TD pass to receiver Jerry Simmons in a 1972 upset over the Oakland Raiders. During his rookie year, Little led the NFL in punt returns with a 16.9-yard average. He led the NFL in combined yards in 1967 and 1968. Little was Denver Broncos team captain all 9 seasons, including his rookie season.[3]

Little was a charter member of the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1984, which included Rich Jackson, Lionel Taylor and Goose Gonsoulin. He was the first Bronco to win a rushing title, leading the AFC in rushing in 1970 with 901 yards and the following year he became the first Bronco to eclipse 1,000 yards, gaining 1,133 to lead the NFL. Little was the first player to lead his conference in rushing for a last place team [4] and the 13th player ever in professional football to rush for at least 1,000 yards in one season.[5] He was an American Football League All-Star in 1968, named first-team "All-AFL" in 1969, and made the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in 1970, 1971 and 1973. At 5'10" and 195 pounds, Little was the smallest back to lead the league in rushing since World War II. He led the league in combined yards in 1967 and 1968 and was the only player to return punts for TDs in both seasons. During a 6-year period, 1968–1973, Little rushed for more yards and more yards from scrimmage (rushing and receiving) than any RB in the NFL.[6]

In 2009 Little was a finalist for induction into the Hall of Fame.[7] He was voted in on February 6, 2010, his induction took place in Canton, OH on August 7, 2010.[8]

Other[edit]

Little finished 40th in his class of 140 at the University of Denver law school, from which he received his masters in legal administration degree in 1975. Little owned automobile dealerships in Denver, the Seattle area and Santa Barbara.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • On September 15, 2011, the New Haven Athletic Center, billed as the largest scholastic athletics facility in New England, was renamed the Floyd Little Athletic Center.[10]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
Attempts Yards Y/A TDs Rec Yards Y/R TDs
1967 Denver Broncos 13 130 381 2.9 1 7 11 1.6 0
1968 Denver Broncos 11 158 584 3.7 3 19 331 17.4 1
1969 Denver Broncos 9 146 729 5.0 6 19 218 11.5 1
1970 Denver Broncos 14 209 901 4.3 3 17 161 9.5 0
1971 Denver Broncos 13 284 1133 4.0 6 26 255 9.8 0
1972 Denver Broncos 14 216 859 4.0 9 28 367 13.1 4
1973 Denver Broncos 14 256 979 3.8 12 41 423 10.3 1
1974 Denver Broncos 14 117 312 2.7 1 29 344 11.9 0
1975 Denver Broncos 14 125 445 3.6 2 29 308 10.6 2
Career Denver Broncos 117 1641 6323 3.9 43 215 2418 11.2 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Legwold, Jeff (24 September 2010). "Floyd Little receiving Hall of Fame ring at Sunday's Broncos game". Denver Post. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated, July 26, 2010, The Unexpected Hero by Gary Smith, p.60, Published by Time Inc.
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated, July 26, 2010, The Unexpected Hero by Gary Smith, p.60, Published by Time Inc.
  4. ^ Sports Illustrated, July 26, 2010, The Unexpected Hero by Gary Smith, p.60, Published by Time Inc.
  5. ^ Sports Illustrated, July 26, 2010, The Unexpected Hero by Gary Smith, p.63, Published by Time Inc.
  6. ^ Floyd Little's Tales from the Broncos Sideline by Floyd Little and Tom Mackie
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ Sports Illustrated, July 26, 2010, The Unexpected Hero by Gary Smith, p.57, Published by Time Inc.
  10. ^ Ehalt, Bob. "Renaming of Athletic Center Means a Lot to Floyd Little." New Haven Register - Serving Greater New Haven, CT. 10 Sept. 2011. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. <http://nhregister.com/articles/2011/09/10/sports/doc4e6bba8add545752245303.txt?viewmode=fullstory>.

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