DeBorah Little Wiki – DeBorah Little Biography
DeBorah Little is the wife of Floyd Little. He played his entire nine-year NFL career with the Broncos, having been selected sixth in the 1967 AFL-NFL draft. In Denver, he was given the nickname, “The Franchise” and was elected team captain as a rookie. Little rushed for more than 6,000 yards and scored 43 touchdowns for the Broncos. His best season was 1971 when he won the NFL rushing title with 1,133 yards while playing on a team that finished last in its division with a record of 4-9-1.
Little was recruited by Gen. Douglas MacArthur to play football at the United States Military Academy and had told him that he’d ascend to the rank of general if he enrolled at West Point. He was also recruited by Notre Dame. Little ultimately chose to attend Syracuse at the persuasion of first African-American Heisman winner Ernie Davis. Little is the only three-time All-American running back to compete for the Syracuse University Orangemen.
Little played for Syracuse for three seasons. In 1964 he made 157 carries for 874 yards and 9 touchdowns and 17 catches for 257 yards and 1 touchdown. In 1965 he made 193 carries for 1,065 yards and 14 touchdowns and 21 catches for 248 yards and 1 touchdown. In 1966 he made 162 carries for 811 yards and 12 touchdowns and 13 catches for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns. Little finished 5th in Heisman Trophy voting in both 1965 and 1966.
DeBorah Little Age
DeBorah Little’s age is unknown.
DeBorah Little & Floyd Little
Little lived with his wife DeBorah in Las Vegas. Little finished 40th in his class of 140 at the University of Denver law school, from which he received his masters in legal administration degree in 1975.
Floyd Little Cause of Death
Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little, known as “The Franchise” in his career with the Denver Broncos, died on New Year’s Day. He was 78.
Little had been diagnosed with cancer, which became public this past May, and was moved to hospice care in November.
“Floyd Little was a true hero of the game. He was a man of great integrity, passion and courage,” Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement. “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’s family said in a statement: “The family extends their gratitude to all who have supported Floyd Little and his family during this time with prayers, calls and your heartfelt expressions of love.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said those around Little were proud to have known him.
“I was so fortunate to know Floyd and witnessed first-hand the impact he had on others,” Goodell said in a statement. “Whenever he represented the Broncos at the annual NFL Draft, others immediately sought to greet him and his genuine excitement of being with his fellow Legends and his pride and passion for the Broncos was unmistakable. “Football, the Broncos and the NFL were a large part of his life, but nothing could surpass his love and affection for his wife DeBorah and his children, Marc, Christy and Kyra. To them and the entire Little family we extend our deepest sympathy.”
For many fans, Little was the team’s first star. Always a vibrant presence at team functions, Little had also become a regular at ceremonies in Canton, Ohio, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Little was enshrined in the Hall’s Class of 2010. A three-time All American at Syracuse, Little is in the College Football Hall of Fame as well.
“I feel so blessed in everything, and as long as I can I will always come back [to Canton], and I always hope to see many more Broncos here with me as the years go by,” is how Little put it in 2019 when both Champ Bailey and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen were enshrined. “Football has given me so much, and I will always try to give back in every way to young people who need our help.
“I’ve always been blessed around the game and through all the aches and pains will always feel that way.”
“Without question, Floyd was one of the greatest Broncos of all-time and an unforgettable part of our history,” Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. “…As the first Pro Football Hall of Famer to star for the Broncos, Floyd brought credibility to this team while becoming one of the most dominant players of his era. Seeing him finally receive that Gold Jacket was the culmination of a tremendous lifetime in football.
“Even after his retirement, Floyd was a wonderful ambassador for the game and the Denver Broncos, carrying himself with warmth, kindness and class — always with humility and a smile. In recent months, he faced his cancer diagnosis with the same grit and determination that defined his incredible playing career.”
Earlier this year former Syracuse teammate Pat Killorin made Little’s cancer diagnosis public as he created a GoFundMe page called “Friends of Floyd.” Little had Stage 2 neuroendocrine tumor cancer, and more than $100,000 was raised to help the Littles with medical costs.
“Floyd Little embodied what it means to be Orange,” Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement. “He was an all-American student-athlete. He set records in the NFL. He achieved success in the business world. Floyd mentored countless student-athletes, and dedicated his time, energy and resources to improving the lives of others. He was a great friend, to me and to his beloved Syracuse University.”
Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim honored Little in a tweet, calling him a “great friend” and one of the school’s “greatest ambassadors.”