BORDENTOWN CITY— Bordentown City Mayor Jim Lynch shared sad news about who he called “one of Bordentown’s legends” with the community on Sunday.
Floyd Little, a graduate of the Bordentown Military Institute (BMI) and NFL Hall of Famer, has entered hospice care due to his battle with Stage 2 Neuroendocrine Tumor Cancer (NET), according to media reports.
“I’m asking for all Bordentonians to please join me in keeping Floyd and his whole family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time as he continues to fight this rare form of cancer,” Lynch said.
Little, a Connecticut native, attended Syracuse University after graduating from BMI, where he played running back and became a three-time All American from 1964 to 1966. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
Little was the sixth overall NFL draft pick in 1967 for the Denver Broncos, where he played for nine seasons and earned the nickname “The Franchise.” There, he was a five time Pro-Bowler and was ranked seventh in rushing yards in NFL history when he retired from football in 1975. He held the title as the Denver Broncos' all-time leading rusher for almost 30 years.
Little was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
Little’s former Syracuse teammate Patrick Killorin called Little a “very special man, a gift from God to all those who know him,” in a Facebook post dedicated to his friend.
“Floyd’s courageous battle with a difficult disease is now at a critical stage in his life. This is a time when a husband and his wife must make important decisions regarding potential end of life decisions,” wrote Killorin.
“Through your contemplation, send your love and prayers for peace to Floyd, Deborah and family. Let them know that they are not alone and that their courage and love in their battle evoke our own, and that in our prayers, we are one with them in their thoughts, their hearts and their tears.”
In June, Killorin started a GoFundMe page for Little with the goal of offsetting the financial burden that treatment was taking on his family. So far, it has raised $136,000.
To show their support, the Denver Broncos dedicated their win on Sunday over the Miami Dolphins to Little, and sent the game ball to him and his family.
Locally, Lynch has directed Little’s commemorative flag, which is currently displayed at Bordentown City Hall, to be flown at the Bordentown Military Institute monument on Park Street.
To contribute to the GoFundMe campaign in support of Little and his family, click HERE.