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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Floyd Little, New Haven's Pro Football Hall of Famer


Hillhouse product Floyd Little was arguably the greatest running back in Connecticut schoolboy history.

He was a standout running back at Syracuse University, where he formed a backfield with Larry Csonka and current New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin.

He went on to a terrific nine-year professional career with the Denver Broncos, where he gained more than 12,000 career all-purpose yards and was ultimately — some say belatedly — inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, delivering a stirring acceptance speech.

But perhaps no honor touched Little more than when a glistening, 105,000-square-foot athletic center bearing his name was officially dedicated in his honor on Sept. 15, 2011.

Floyd Little Hall of Fame Speech (YouTube)

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