Make no mistake, there are few pre-Elway era Broncos that excite me more than hall of fame legend Floyd Little. His contribution to the Denver Broncos have been nothing short of substantive and, for lack of a better term, franchise-sustaining. He was the first 1st round draft pick to ever sign with the Denver Broncos. Every single one before him, Merlin Olsen and Dick Butkus included, opted to join NFL teams over the rag-tag American Football League.
When the Broncos were in danger of being relocated to Birmingham, Alabama or other parts unknown, it was Floyd who became the face of the effort to raise funds to renovate Mile High Stadium so that the Broncos could remain in Denver.
Then there was his effort on the field. Because the Broncos played in the mountain time zone and because the teams on which he played weren’t very good, his achievements were buried from the spotlight that tended to elevate players of lesser talent to higher platforms. Make no mistake, Floyd Little was a beast.
Before joining the the staff, I was proud to serve on the Mile High Report committee that lobbied hall of fame voters to get him considered as a seniors committee selection and then as hall of fame candidate.
There is no bigger highlight for me than when I had the opportunity to interview Floyd and hear him tell the story of when former Broncos Lou Saban cut him on the field during a game and how he snuck back into play and ultimately help Denver win the game.
Floyd’s former teammate Pat Killorin disclosed Little’s cancer diagnosis in this Syracuse.com article. Stating that “Floyd was recently diagnosed with a treatable but aggressive form of cancer.” Killorin also set up a Go Fund Me page to help Little with the outrageous expense of cancer treatment. If you’re able to give anything to help Floyd, please do. Without him, the Denver Broncos wouldn’t likely be in Denver.
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