Broncos Great Floyd Little Dies At 78

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NFL great Floyd Little talks to players on the sideline before a Syracuse against Boston College NCAA college football game in Syracuse, N.Y., Nov. 30, 2013.

Hall of Fame football player and Denver Broncos icon Floyd Little has died.

His death follows a battle with cancer and his entrance into hospice care in November.

“Floyd Little was a true hero of the game,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker in a statement. “He was a man of great integrity, passion and courage. His contributions off the field were even greater than his amazing accomplishments he did on it. Floyd’s smile, heart and character epitomized what it meant to have a Hall of Fame life.”

Little was a three-time All-American at Syracuse before starring for the Denver Broncos from 1967 to 1975. He played nine seasons in Denver, where he earned the nickname “The Franchise” because his signing was credited with keeping the team from relocating.

He was made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 after a 30-year wait. Floyd Little was 78 years old.