Pro Football Hall of Fame member Floyd Little has entered hospice care, Syracuse.com reported Sunday.
Little, who starred at Syracuse then played nine seasons with the Denver Broncos, has been battling cancer.
His former college teammate, Patrick Killorin, announced the news Saturday night in a Facebook post. He organized a GoFundMe drive for Little and has kept fans updated about the former running back’s condition.
“Today we are going to talk about a new stage in Floyd’s journey. … Hospice,” Killorin wrote Saturday, per Syracuse.com. “Floyd’s courageous battle with a difficult disease (cancer) is now at a critical stage in his life. This is a time when a husband and wife must make important decisions regarding potential end of life decisions.”
Little, now 78, was a three-time All-American at Syracuse and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 2010. He also is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
“There’s no words to describe the joy of experiencing this final sports chapter in my life. This is obviously the highest honor any football player can garner,” he said on Aug. 7, 2010, in his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech. “I stand here today celebrating my athletic life journey. … Everything else pales in comparison. Every player wakes up wishing to have this honor. I encourage you all to continue to dream for this moment.”
Little played for the Broncos from 1967-75 and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and first-team All-Pro in 1969. In 1971, when the NFL played 14-game seasons, he led the league with 284 rushes and 1,133 yards, as well as 1,388 yards from scrimmage.
In 117 career games, he gained 8,741 yards from scrimmage and scored 52 touchdowns.
In three seasons at Syracuse (1964-66), he ran for 2,750 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also had 591 receiving yards and four more TDs.
The Broncos selected him No. 6 overall in the 1967 draft.