One of the famed 44s of the Syracuse football program is in the midst of the “toughest fight of his life.”
On a GoFundMe page created by one of his former teammates, Pat Killorin, it’s was revealed that Floyd Little has been diagnosed with cancer. It wasn’t divulged what specific cancer Little is battling, but Killorin described it as “a treatable but aggressive form of” the disease.
“No doubt it will be the toughest fight of his life,” Killorin wrote. “Although he has lived a full life admired and enjoyed by many, Floyd doesn’t believe he has yet written, with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the final play of his life.”
Thus far, the fundraising effort has brought in over $15,000 toward the stated goal of $250,000.
Little was a three-time All-American for the Syracuse football team in the mid-sixties. He’s the only three-time All-American at the running back in Orange history. During his time at the school, Little ran for 2,750 yards and 35 touchdowns.
In 1983, Little was inducted into the College Football Hal of Fame. The sixth-overall pick of the 1967 NFL Draft, Little landed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
In 2005, the Syracuse football program retired number 44 to honor Little, Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and the other players who wore the number. A decade later, that number was brought out of retirement.
Little returned to his alma mater in 2011 as the special assistant to then-athletic director Daryl Gross. The Connecticut native left that position in 2016.
“Floyd Little is a fighter,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “I know he will face this disease with the same courage, dignity and strength with which he met all of life’s challenges. “The entire Syracuse Football family is in his corner.”