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Floyd Little Day in Federal Way

Floyd and DeBorah Little on April 6 - Courtesy photo
Floyd and DeBorah Little on April 6
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The City of Federal Way proclaimed April 6 “Floyd Little Day” in honor of Little being elected to the 2010 class of the National Football Hall of Fame. Little and his wife, DeBorah, were recognized at the Federal Way City Council meeting on April 6.

Little is the former owner of Federal Way’s Pacific Coast Ford, which went out of business in July. He will be officially enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 7, in a ceremony at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

Little, who played his entire career with the Denver Broncos, was joined in the Class of 2010 by all-time greats Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, along with former Seahawk defensive lineman John Randle, offensive lineman Russ Grimm, linebacker Rickey Jackson and defensive back and coach Dick LeBeau. Little and LeBeau were elected as senior committee nominees.

During his career, Little totaled the most all-purpose yards in pro football and ranked second to only Simpson in rushing yards over that period. Little is one of only three players in NFL history with 6,000 career rushing yards and 3,000 career special-teams return yards. Little led the Broncos in rushing for a club-record seven consecutive seasons, including in 1971 when he captured the NFL’s rushing title with 1,133 yards.

In 117 career games, Little posted 1,643 rushes for 6,323 yards with 43 touchdowns, 215 receptions for 2,418 yards with nine touchdowns, 104 kickoff returns for 2,523 yards, and 81 punt returns for 893 yards with two touchdowns.

Little was also one of the best college running backs of his era while playing at Syracuse. He was a three-time All-American for the Orangemen, following in the footsteps of Jim Brown and the late Ernie Davis as superstar tailbacks at Syracuse.

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