Posted Sat Feb 6th by Monty
One of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s greatest wrongs has been righted, and the player known to the Denver Broncos as “The Franchise” will finally have his achievements to the league honored properly.
Former Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little (1965-75), the first No. 1 draft pick to sign with the club, was elected into the 2010 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a senior candidate Saturday.
During his nine-year career (all with the Broncos), Little led the league in all-purpose yards and ranked second in rushing yards. Little remains one of only three players in NFL history with 6,000 career rushing yards and 3,000 career special-teams return yards.
“This is a great day for Floyd Little individually as well as for the Denver Broncos’ entire organization and our fans,” Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said. “Floyd has made immeasurable contributions to this franchise and the NFL, and he deservedly will take his place among the greatest to play this game in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
Little’s induction will be on Saturday, Aug. 7, in a ceremony at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. He becomes the third Bronco to be immortalized in the Hall, joining tackle Gary Zimmerman (1993-97, Class of 2008) and quarterback John Elway (1983-98, Class of 2004).
The other six members of the Pro Football of Fame Class of 2010 are Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Rickey Jackson, John Randle, Russ Grimm and Dick LeBeau. Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe, who has been a finalist two years running, was not elected.
It’s a real shame about Sharpe, but we couldn’t be more thrilled for Little. Of all the deserving Broncos to be left out of the Hall over the years, in our opinion, the error of Little’s absence has long been the most egregious. Congratulations #44; it’s a dream come true for us that can only pale in comparison to yours.