Floyd Little at the 2020 Gator Bowl.

There’s some sad news out about legendary running back Floyd Little. The 77-year-old Little (seen above being honored prior to the Gator Bowl in January), an inductee into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was recently diagnosed with cancer. Patrick Killorin, a former teammate of Little’s with the Syracuse Orange, has created a “Friends of Floyd” GoFundMe page to raise money to help Little and his family with treatment costs; here’s more from that page.

Floyd was recently diagnosed with a treatable but aggressive form of cancer. No doubt it will be the toughest fight of his life. 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.

Floyd has a wide community of support who expressed the desire to support him in prayer and in the expense of his cancer treatment. So we created this Friends of Floyd (“FOF”) Page with the permission of the Little Family to receive words of encouragement and to solicit funds to offset the financial burden this journey will take on Floyd and his family. We believe the last thing we want our friend Floyd to do is to worry about this expense or to give up in order to avoid it.

We don’t believe Floyd should have to make these kinds of choices when his focus must be on becoming the next cancer survivor we all celebrate.

Join FOF in supporting Floyd Little with a seed of love. No amount is too small or too large. Lets help Floyd sprint to the finish line. Lets help him finish this race strong.

Little was named an All-American in each of the three seasons he played at Syracuse, and then went on to great success with the Denver Broncos. He was their first-round draft pick in the 1967 AFL-NFL draft, and he played for them through 1975, recording 6,323 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns and earning five Pro Bowl nods, plus a first-team All-Pro selection and two second-team All-Pro selections. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Our thoughts go out to him and his family during this battle.


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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.