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Legendary Syracuse running back Floyd Little passed away at the age of 78

Syracuse legendary running back Floyd Little passed away on Friday at the age of 78. He will always be one of my favorite players in the NFL.

Growing up as a child, in Western New York, I thought I was going to be an NFL running back. Because Floyd Little was the best player out of our area besides Thurman Thomas, I often found myself saying I was Floyd Little on the field.

Well the legendary Syracuse running back has passed away. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his youngest son, Little died on Friday at the age of 78.

Little’s career stat line was 1,641 carries for 6,323 rushing yards, 215 receptions for 2,418 receiving yards, 81 punt returns, 893 return yards and 54 total touchdowns.

Little was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2010.

The following is a statement from Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker:

Floyd Little was a true hero of the game. He was a man of great integrity, passion and courage. His contributions off the field were even greater than his amazing accomplishments he did on it. Floyd’s smile, heart and character epitomized what it meant to have a Hall of Fame life.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Floyd’s wife, DeBorah, and their entire family. We will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration for future generations. The Hall of Fame flag will be flown at half-staff in Floyd’s memory.”

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