Floyd Little joins Syracuse athletic staff

Syracuse is adding one of its own legends to its athletic department staff.

The school announced Thursday that former Orange superstar running back and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Floyd Little will serve as a special assistant to athletic director Darryl Gross. His responsibilities will include donor relations, assisting with player and team development and on-campus recruiting activities. Little will also have a hand in some special projects.

“To have Floyd come back to Syracuse is like our own royalty returning to give back to his alma mater, which he has readily done over many years of gracious engagement,” Gross said in a statement. “We all have been so proud of everything he has accomplished and represents. I am especially thrilled for the athletics department, the institution and the community, as Floyd will continue to make a huge impact in life. We look forward to being around his enthusiasm, inspiration and brilliance as we embrace his leadership. He will truly be a global ambassador for our great institution.”

Little was a three-time All-American at Syracuse and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He holds the Orange records for career touchdowns (46) and career punt-return touchdowns. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in both 1965 and 1966.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection as a member of the Denver Broncos, Little ran for more than 6,300 yards and scored 43 touchdowns in the NFL. He won the NFL rushing crown with 1,133 yards in 1971 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year.

“I have a great love for Syracuse and always have been an ambassador for the school,” Little said in an official release. “I think this is a great opportunity. I talk about ‘GPS,’ which is grace, passion and skill. My grace from God is to give so much in teaching. I think that I am a great teacher and I have a lot to give. I have so much passion for young people and want to do all I can to help them."

It's always great to see former legends still actively involved in their school. Current and future players can't help but respect Little for both what he's accomplished and the way he carries himself.