BREAKING: Denver Broncos Hall of Fame RB Floyd Little Dead At Age 78

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2021 is already off to a rough start.

On Saturday, it was reported that Floyd Little passed away at the age of 78.

“Floyd Little embodied what it means to be Orange,” Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement. “He was an All-American student-athlete. He set records in the NFL. He achieved success in the business world. Floyd mentored countless student-athletes, and dedicated his time, energy and resources to improving the lives of others. He was a great friend, to me and to his believed Syracuse University. Our hears are with his wife Deborah, and all who loved him. Floyd Little, number 44, will forever be our Orange MVP.”

A release from the Little family stated the following:

“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.

“Floyd Little passed away early in the evening on January 1, 2021 at home in Las Vegas with his wife DeBorah Little at his side. Little, born in Waterbury, Connecticut, was 78.

“The family extends their gratitude to all who have supported Floyd Little and his family during this time with prayers, calls, and your heartfelt expressions of love.

Memorial Services honoring the life of our beloved Floyd Little will be announced in the near future.”

Little was a three time All-American at Syracuse, rushing for 2,750 yards with 35 touchdowns in three seasons with the Orange. He would go on to spend nine seasons with the Denver Broncos, making five Pro Bowls and was named first team All-Pro in 1969.

Little rushed for 6,323 yards with 43 touchdowns during his professional career. He added 2,418 receiving yards with nine more scores as well.