Floyd Little, NFL running back and Hall of Famer, muere en 78

Former Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little died Friday at the age of 78, según su familia.

After nearly a year of confronting, even battling cancer, the beloved hero, hermano, [object Window], [object Window], 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,” according to a family statement released 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 was given the nickname, “The Franchiseand was elected team captain as a rookie.
Floyd Little put #BroncosCountry on the map,” la team posted on Twitter.
    Little rushed for more than 6,000 yards and scored 43 touchdowns for the Broncos. His best season was 1971 when he won the NFL rushing title with 1,133 yards while playing on a team that finished last in its division with a record of 4-9-1.
    He made the Pro Bowl five times and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. En su Hall of Fame induction speech, he urged listeners to never give up on their dreams.
    Floyd Little playing for the Broncos in December 1971, the season in which he won the NFL rushing title.

    Because of those that encouraged me in those early years, I am here today. Asi que, I want to encourage you, every student, every athlete, every person who will hear my voice, don’t listen to the naysayer. I had plenty of those,” Little said. “Don’t listen to those that will judge you for your rough edges. Don’t focus on your weakness so you won’t become a victimBecause the good in you is better than the worst in most. The choice is yours. Be the best that you can be.
    Hailing from New Haven, Connecticut, Little was a three-time All-American at Siracusa, an honor which led him to being enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
    Both Syracuse University and the Denver Broncos have retired No. 44, Little’s playing number.
    En Mayo, it was revealed that Little had been fighting neuroendocrine tumors, a rare cell cancer, and it had metastasized, según afiliado de CNN KMGH. He died at his home in Henderson, Nevada.
    En noviembre, Little entered hospice care, according to a former Syracuse teammate Patrick Killorin, who posted on Facebook, según afiliado de CNN KCNC.
    Floyd Little speaks during halftime at an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos on September 26, 2010.

    Floyd Little was not only a Hall of Fame running back, he was a Hall of Fame person,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a declaración.
      Faith, family and football were the pillars of his life. I was so fortunate to know Floyd and witnessed first-hand the impact he had on others. Whenever he represented the Broncos at the annual NFL Draft, others immediately sought to greet him and his genuine excitement of being with his fellow Legends and his pride and passion for the Broncos was unmistakable,” Goodell said.
      Little leaves behind his wife, two daughters, a son and several grandchildren, KMGH reported.

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