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Floyd D. Little hails from New Haven, Connecticut, and from birth, second best was a condition he was not comfortable with. Armed with sincerity, honesty and the five basic ingredients for success: Drive, Determination, Dedication, Commitment and Sacrifice, Floyd set out on a path less traveled.
Initially a man of small means and resources Little began his climb through education at Bordentown Military Academy in New Jersey. Being an outstanding athlete, he was recruited by several colleges and universities, but in 1963 he marched on to Syracuse University where he continued his personal commitment to excellence. He excelled on every turn which garnered him “All American Honors” every year in varsity. As a hard working student Floyd realizing that education was the real key to success, so he always had time to coach the student who needed an extra hand. As an athlete, he always had time for the child who wanted an autograph or photo. He became known as ‘the man with the wherever pen.’
The victory came for Little when he was drafted in 1967 to the Denver Broncos where he toiled for nine rugged years as the leading rusher. He led as the team’s career rusher with 6,323 yards in 1,641 attempts, and scored 43 touchdowns. Little was recognized as a three-time All American player and twice won the American Football rushing title. Little was extremely honored to have his number, the legendary 44, retired both at Syracuse University and at the Denver Broncos.
He was recognized by the NFL league-wide and was inducted into seven “Hall of Fames,” including the National League College Hall of Fame, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, Professional Athlete of the year, the Denver Bronco Ring of Fame in 1984, the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame in 1989, the Syracuse Letterman of Distinction in 1989 and the NCC Silver Anniversary Award in 1992. With a foundation built on integrity and leadership, Little was the recipient of over eighteen professional athlete achievement awards during his career. On October 24, 1972, the Denver community proclaimed it to be “Floyd Little Day” and for three consecutive years he was awarded the “Third Down Award” by the vote of his fellow teammates for outstanding contributions to the team.
In his latter years of professional football, his pursuit of excellence continued. He graduated from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1975. Little’s success on the football field was surpassed only by his commitment and contributions to mankind. His sincerity and honesty were apparent to all he met. From 1968 to 1982 Little received over thirty of the most distinguished community service awards in America. In 1974 alone, he received three of the most prestigious community service awards: the YMCA Brian Piccolo Award, The Distinguished American Award for Community Service presented by the Connecticut Hall of Fame, and The American Jewish Community Appeal for Human Relations Citation in recognition of the outstanding contributions Little made towards the betterment of man and his community.
Upon retirement from the Denver Broncos in 1976, Floyd Little could be seen on NBC Sports as a television commentator. In spite of his schedule, he still managed to assist the Honorable John A. Love, Governor of the State of Colorado in Urban and State Affairs.
Floyd Little made the difficult transition from star athlete to successful businessman. From 1977 to 1979, he received formal training while attending the Ford Motor Executive Management Training Program where he participated in extensive seminars and in-field training in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Accounting, Finance and Purchasing.
Currently residing in the State of Washington, he is the former President and owner of Pacific Coast Ford which became a private capital dealership in 1996. He was known as one of the most successful and well-respected Ford Dealers in the industry. Ford Motor Corporation has solicited his assistance as a consultant and instructor for its Minority Dealers Program Dealer Development area. He has assisted numerous dealers nation-wide, including the training and installation of the first African American female dealer in Taft, CA in 1986. Floyd retired as a proud Ford Dealer in December 2009 and at the time was the oldest tenured Minority Dealer in the Ford Portfolio.
On February 6, 2010, Floyd was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will be inducted on August 7, 2010 in Canton, OH where a bronze bust in his image will be enshrined and on display in perpetuity. On April 6, 2010 his current community of residence, Federal Way, WA honored Floyd by proclaiming that day to be ‘Floyd Little Day’, and on June 13, 2010 he will be celebrated as he is inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Seattle, WA.
Today Floyd is traveling the country as a popular and sought after public speaker for Touchdown Presentations, LLC, and makes appearances for NFL and Hall of Fame events. In his spare time he actively participates in, and supports numerous charitable events around the country. In addition to all of his attributes, Floyd is a family man. Married in April 2003 to Syracuse native DeBorah A. Green, he has two daughters, Christy Jones and Kyra DaCosta, a son Marc T. Little, and four grandchildren, AJ, Skye, Blaze, and Hayes Jones.
Floyd Little strives to make a difference in everything that he does. He cares not only about self-improvement, but also for the betterment of others. His record shows it.