“It Will Be the Toughest Fight of His Life” – Former Denver Broncos’ RB Diagnosed with Life Threatening Disease

Published 05/31/2020, 5:17 PM EDT


Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little has been diagnosed with cancer.  Little was a running back for Denver Broncos from 1967-75.

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Battling Cancer

Floyd is fighting an aggressive but treatable form of cancer, wrote Pat Killorin who is Floyd’s former Syracuse Orange teammate. Pat Killorin has also started an online fundraiser to help raise money for Floyd’s treatment and medication. “No doubt it will be the toughest fight of his life”, wrote the former Center.

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The Broncos selected Floyd sixth overall in the combined AFL-NFL Draft of 1967. He rushed for 6,323 yards and 43 touchdowns in his glorious nine-year career. He is a five-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

“The Franchise”, as he was known, is part of the Denver Broncos’ Ring of Honor. A bronze statue of Little stands outside the Syracuse Orange’s practice facility alongside the two legendary running backs who preceded him: Jim Brown and Ernie Davis.

Little was a three-time All-American at Syracuse and finished his college career with 2,704 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns. He returned to the University in 2011 as a special assistant to the athletic director and helped with fundraising, recruiting, and mentoring. Syracuse University honored Floyd with a doctorate in 2016. He currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife, DeBorah.

 

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Always Full of Vigor

Although he has lived a full life admired and enjoyed by many, Floyd doesn’t believe he has yet written, with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the final play of his life”, Killorin wrote about The Franchise.

He has always been a vibrant presence at the Broncos’ reunions and functions over the years. “I feel so blessed in everything, and as long as I can I will always come back [to Canton], and I always hope to see many more Broncos here with me as the years go by“, said Little last year.

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Here’s hoping that our beloved footballer gets well soon and goes on to live a long and happy life.

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