Floyd Little inducted into another Hall of Fame

Federal Way resident Floyd Little received another honor last week when he was inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (AAESHOF) at a ceremony in Seattle.

The former Denver Broncos running back was one of five sports legends from the Seattle area enshrined. Former Seattle Sonics guard Donald “Slick” Watts, former Mariner Dave Henderson, former University of Washington head football coach Don James and former Seattle Storm guard Adia Barnes were also honored.

The AAESHOF is an organization dedicated to the development of opportunities for young, less fortunate youth to gain exposure to positive aspects of life and to broaden the public’s understanding of African American/Ethnic history and the role of diversity of cultural tolerance in the growth of professional sports.

Little, the former owner of Federal Way’s Pacific Coast Ford, which went out of business in July, will receive an even bigger honor on Aug. 7 when he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, after a 30-year wait. The news was announced in February at the Super Bowl.

Little played running back for the Broncos for nine seasons (1967-75) and when Little hung up his cleats, he was the sixth leading rusher in NFL history with 6,323 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 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, following Jim Brown and the late Ernie Davis.

Little shattered most of the records set by his two predecessors, rushing for 2,704 yards, returning punts for 845, kickoffs for 797, and passed for 19 — for a grand total of 4,947 yards. He also scored in 22 of 30 regular-season games, including five times in one game, while wearing the same number 44 as Brown and Davis.

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