Bill Text: NY K00029 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Celebrating the life and legacy of Floyd Douglas Little

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 21-11)

Status: (Passed) 2021-02-01 - adopted [K00029 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-K00029-Introduced.html

Assembly Resolution No. 29

BY: M. of A. Magnarelli

        CELEBRATING  the  life and legacy of Floyd Douglas

  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this  Legislative  Body  to  acknowledge
those  outstanding  individuals  who  have  gone before us, and who have
distinguished  themselves  in  their  professional  and  personal  lives
through   their   unwavering   passion,   dedication   and   substantial
contributions to their communities and this great Empire State; and

  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and  in  full  accord  with  its
long-standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is  justly proud to
celebrate the life and legacy  of  Floyd  Douglas  Little  who  died  on
January 1, 2021; and

  WHEREAS,  Born  on  July  4,  1942,  Floyd  Douglas  Little  was  an
All-American athlete, passionate Syracuse University alumnus, successful
business executive, mentor, philanthropist, friend, and family  man;  an
iconic  college  and  professional football player who was raised in New
Haven, Connecticut, and became a phenomenon on the  field;  he  attended
Syracuse  University  to  keep  a promise he made to 1961 Heisman Trophy
winner Ernie Davis, before Davis' untimely passing  in  1963;  the  pair
were  with  Syracuse's  Hall  of Fame coach Ben Schwartzwalder at dinner
during a visit to New Haven; Floyd Little, who was also being  recruited
to  Army  and Notre Dame, told Davis he would sign with Syracuse, but he
didn't make it official until the day he learned of Davis' death  a  few
months later; and

  WHEREAS,  In  1963,  Floyd  Little  brought  his  skills to Syracuse
University, where the 5'10" running back became the program's first  and
only  three-time All-American running back and finished fifth in Heisman
Trophy voting as both a junior and senior; and

  WHEREAS, Floyd Little, in  his  first  home  game  for  Syracuse  in
Archbold  Stadium,  scored five touchdowns, helping Syracuse beat Kansas
and All-American Gale Sayers in 1964; and

  WHEREAS, During his three  seasons  for  the  Orange,  Floyd  Little
rushed  for 2,704 yards and scored 46 touchdowns; he was also a standout
return man who led the nation in  all-purpose  yards  (1,990)  and  punt
return  average (23.5) as a junior in 1965; and still holds the Syracuse
career record with six punt returns for touchdowns; and

  WHEREAS, The 1966 ECAC Player of the Year, Floyd  Little  played  in
the  same  Orange  backfield  as  College  and Pro Football Hall of Fame
inductee Larry Csonka '68 and Tom Coughlin '68, the two-time Super  Bowl
champion head coach; and

  WHEREAS,  Floyd  Little  was selected by the Denver Broncos with the
No. 6 pick in the 1967 AFL-NFL Draft; in nine seasons (1967-75) with the
Broncos, he amassed  more  than  12,000  all-purpose  yards  and  was  a
five-time  Pro  Bowl  selection;  furthermore,  he ranked seventh on the
NFL's career rushing list (6,323 yards) at the time  of  his  retirement
and was a charter member of the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1984; and

  WHEREAS,  Floyd  Little  was elected to the College Football Hall of
Fame in 1983 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in  2010;  his  induction
into  the  Greater  Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 2019 marked the 11th
hall of fame to recognize him; and

  WHEREAS, In 1978, three years after his final NFL game, Floyd Little
was named the Walter Camp Man  of  the  Year,  an  award  that  combines
athletic success with working to benefit others, often through charities
and non-profit organizations; and

  WHEREAS,  He  earned  the 1992 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for his
collegiate and professional accomplishments and his civic and charitable
activities, the  2012  Walter  Camp  Football  Foundation  Distinguished
American Award, and the 2014 Doak Walker Legends Award; and

  WHEREAS,  In  2011, Floyd Little returned to his alma mater to serve
as special assistant to the director of athletics, a  position  he  held
until  2016;  the  impact he made in his role as an athletics department
administrator is immeasurable as he  provided  guidance  and  advice  to
student-athletes  from  all  sports; his work enabled him to influence a
new generation of student-athletes to work hard and find success; and

  WHEREAS, In 2016, Syracuse University awarded Floyd Little  with  an
honorary doctorate in humane letters at the school's 162nd Commencement;
now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor and remember the life and legacy of Floyd Douglas Little;  and  be
it further

  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Floyd Douglas Little.