Former running back and NFL legend Floyd Little passed away at 78 yesterday. President-elect Joe Biden took to Twitter to share his condolences. The pair went to Syracuse around the same time and became friends in the tenure at the school. Biden, who is also 78 years old, will take office in January.
“Floyd Little and I were students at Syracuse University together,” President-Elect Joe Biden said on Twitter. “Over the years, I got to know the man behind the number. He was full of character, decency, and integrity. I will miss my friend. The entire Biden family sends our love to DeBorah and the Little family.”
In May of this year, Little revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer. In November doctors moved him to hospice care, where he died on Friday.
David Baker on Floyd Little
The President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, David Baker, released a statement on Little after his death. Floyd Little played his NFL career as a running back for the Denver Broncos, earning a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010. He also holds a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame after being an All-American three times at Syracuse, where he attended with President-Elect Joe Biden.
“Floyd Little was a true hero of the game. He was a man of great integrity, passion, and courage,” David Baker said in a statement, ESPN reports. “His contributions off the field were even greater than the amazing accomplishments he did on it. Floyd’s smile, heart, and character epitomized what it meant to have a Hall of Fame life.”