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Syracuse football will wear uniform patch to honor Floyd Little this season

Syracuse football will wear a special uniform patch this fall to honor Floyd Little, the legendary running back who passed away this winter, SU Athletics announced on Thursday. Little died on Jan. 1 after a battle with cancer.

During his time as a player in Central New York, Little earned All-American honors from 1964-66, recording 2,704 yards and 46 touchdowns. He led the nation in all-purpose yards (1,990) and punt return average (23.5) as a junior in 1965.

Little went on to be picked sixth overall in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos before completing a nine-year career that included five Pro Bowl selections. He was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2010 before returning to his alma mater as a special assistant to the athletic director from July 2011 to June 2016.

The Orange opens its 2021 season at Ohio on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.