For the next five weeks, The Juice Online will be counting down the top 5 running backs in Syracuse history. Floyd Little is No. 3 on our list.
WHY HE’S NO. 3: In his three years on the field at Syracuse University, Little did what no other Syracuse player ever could. He was an All-American all three years he suited up. In his career he had 2,704 rushing yards and more than 500 receiving yards. He rushed for 35 touchdowns, caught four passes for touchdowns, threw a touchdown pass, and took four punt returns to the house. He could do it all.
AFTER SYRACUSE: Little was the sixth pick in the first round of the 1967 NFL draft. He led the AFL in rushing in twice (1969 & 1971) and at the time of his retirement, was 7th in professional football history with 6,323 yards and 43 touchdowns. He was an AFL All-Star in 1968, named First Team All AFL in 1969, and made the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in 1970, 1971 and 1973. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 7, 2010 and had his No. 44 retired by the Broncos. Little has remained close with the Syracuse program, and in 2011, was named special assistant to the athletics director.
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