Floyd Little's Tales from the Broncos Sideline
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Floyd Little's Tales from the Broncos Sideline

by Floyd Little
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596700505
Publisher:
Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date:
08/28/2006
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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