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Before John Elway, the Denver Broncos' "Franchise" was a tightly wound, 5-foot-10 bowlegged superstar named Floyd Little. Despite his lack of size, Floyd zigzagged his way to a legendary career-first at Syracuse wearing the famed No. 44 jersey shared by Jim Brown and Ernie Davis, then with the Broncos, piling up Hall of Fame-worthy numbers to finish his career as the NFL's seventh all-time rusher. Through it all, Floyd showed naysayers the only true measure of a man is the size of his pounding heart. His ...
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Before John Elway, the Denver Broncos' "Franchise" was a tightly wound, 5-foot-10 bowlegged superstar named Floyd Little. Despite his lack of size, Floyd zigzagged his way to a legendary career-first at Syracuse wearing the famed No. 44 jersey shared by Jim Brown and Ernie Davis, then with the Broncos, piling up Hall of Fame-worthy numbers to finish his career as the NFL's seventh all-time rusher. Through it all, Floyd showed naysayers the only true measure of a man is the size of his pounding heart. His incredible impact during the late '60s and early-to-mid-'70s saved the franchise from relocation and helped the Broncos become the marquee organization it is today.

Buckle your chinstrap, double-tie your shoes, and down a "half-glass of fresh blood" as Floyd Little takes you on a wild ride through his racially charged All-America days in the '60s to his Pro Bowl career with the struggling, resilient Broncos. You'll experience the wrath of Coach Lou Saban's "pink-slip" ways, the humor behind Coach John Ralston's "Dale Carnegie" pregame speeches, and the on- and off-the-field shenanigans of Floyd and his teammates, including Lyle Alzado, Billy Thompson, Tom Jackson, and Cookie Gilchrist. Plus, Floyd enlightens us with tales of famous foes like Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, Willie Lanier, Hank Stram, John Madden, and those hated Raiders.

Broncos fans will revel in these humorous, behind-the-scenes stories that take the reader back to a time when the NFL was about football and friendships, not million-dollar contracts and end-zone dances.

Before John Elway, the Denver Broncos' "Franchise" was a tightly wound, 5-foot-10 bowlegged superstar named Floyd Little. Despite his lack of size, Floyd zigzagged his way to a legendary career-first at Syracuse wearing the famed No. 44 jersey shared by Jim Brown and Ernie Davis, then with the Broncos, piling up Hall of Fame-worthy numbers to finish his career as the NFL's seventh all-time rusher. Through it all, Floyd showed naysayers the only true measure of a man is the size of his pounding heart. His incredible impact during the late '60s and early-to-mid-'70s saved the franchise from relocation and helped the Broncos become the marquee organization it is today.Buckle your chin strap, double-tie your shoes, and down a "half-glass of fresh blood" as Floyd Little takes you on a wild ride through his racially charged All-America days in the '60s to his Pro Bowl career with the struggling, resilient Broncos. You'll experience the wrath of Coach Lou Saban's "pink-slip" ways, the humor behind Coach John Ralston's "Dale Carnegie" pregame speeches, and the on- and off-the-field shenanigans of Floyd and his teammates, including Lyle Alzado, Billy Thompson, Tom Jackson, and Cookie Gilchrist. Plus, Floyd enlightens us with tales of famous foes like Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, Willie Lanier, Hank Stram, John Madden, and those hated Raiders.Broncos fans will revel in these humorous, behind-the-scenes stories that take the reader back to a time when the NFL was about football and friendships, not million-dollar contracts and end-zone dances.

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Floyd Little ran for 6,323 yards and scored 43 touchdowns in his relatively brief (1967-75) National Football League career, but those statistics don't top the list of reasons to read this book. This frank memoir by the five-time Pro Bowler takes you behind the scenes into the Denver Broncos as no other recent book has. "Number 44" offers keen (and often funny) insights about the eccentric coaching methods of Lou Saban and John Ralston and their game-day strategies. Just as entertaining are his revelations about players like Larry Csonka, Lyle Alzado, Billy Thompson, Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, and John Madden. Hard-hitting, raucous fun.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596700505
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Floyd Little was a three-time All-American running back at Syracuse University and a three-time All-Pro for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He has a master's degree and a law degree. He owns the Pacific Coast Ford dealership in Federal Way, Washington.

Tom Mackie is a freelance writer and member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He has written for a number of NFL publications since 1998. Currently, he covers several teams for American Sports Media, including the New York Giants. Tom also is a regular contributor to Mile High Sports Magazine in Denver. Tom graduated from the University of Delaware and lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife Emily. This is his first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    Floyd little an amazing football player

    This book is about floyd little and his incredible life and all of his accomplishments. Floyd little started out as a little kid like everyone else he loved to run so he tried football in high school he became the star running back and making it all the way to Division 1 college where his choices came down to syracsuse and notre dame he chose syracuse becasue of ernie davis also and amazing running back of his time who went to syracuse. Floyd little was given the number 44 after ernie davis and jim brown. When floyd went to the pros he went to the broncos he made their whole team better and was the only reason that the broncos stayed in Denver. He was one of the greatest running backs of his time and led denver to many wins. He made it to the hall of fame, when he finished his carrer it he was the 7th all time leading rusher. you should read this book if you are a broncos fan and you like to learn about the history of the broncos, a reason you wouldnt like it is because it just talk about stories of his life not about the real facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    Very easy and entertaining read

    You don't have to know a thing about football to enjoy this book. Very well written,it's as if you were reading Floyd Little's personal journal, very entertaining... even for the person that doesn't enjoy reading will love it.

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