You had to be there back in the day to know how much Floyd Little meant to the Denver Broncos.
You had to see him, watch him, hear him to appreciate his play and his leadership.
He had a lot of things going against him at a young age, not a lot of money, family fighting to make it, and AFTER high school he went to a military school, Bordentown Academy, and he became not a man, but a man among men.
Floyd Little came to the Broncos at the age of 25 and for nine years put it all on the line. He played here for nine years, and NINE times he was voted team captain by his teammates.
Floyd was bowlegged, made for some great shots by NFL Films, but maybe that physical condition came from being the best back in the American Football League while simultaneously carrying a team and a city on his shoulders.
A growing town like Denver can get pretty heavy when you have to carry it for nine years.
His nickname was The Franchise, and it did not do him justice.
With the vote earlier today taking Floyd Little out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Veterans Committee, he is now just one vote away.
At Syracuse he was the first three time consensus All-American in college football since Doak Walker—and does anybody really understand what that means, or hard it was to do?
It means that the only halfback named on every All-American team for three straight years was Floyd Little.
And now, finally, his time is near at hand.
And every Bronco season ticket holder, every fan who watched this team grow and emerge through the 1960’s and 1970’s, is rewarded as well.
You had to see him play.
And you had to know him as a leader and as a man.
A great day for the Denver Broncos franchise, as The Franchise, Floyd Little, carries the city one more time.