Meeting Floyd Little at NYSEG Stadium
I want to thank those of you that stopped by the Hawk Toyota Tundra to take a selfie for the Toyota Country Lights Festival before the Binghamton Mets game at NYSEG Stadium last night.
In case you missed it, the 'No Huddle' tour made a stop at the ballpark with Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim and football coach Dino Babers.
We were treated to a pleasant surprise when Syracuse football great, Floyd Little was there as well. My 18 year old son, Devon didn't know who he was. In fact, he thought we were friends because of the conversation that Floyd and I had.
Floyd said that I looked familiar. I told him that I wave to him every time I see him at the Carrier Dome. I told him that I would see him in a couple of months at the football game. He responded that he would be looking for me...Yes, he was just being cordial but it was still a pretty cool conversation.
So it gave me a great opportunity to tell Devon about this football legend. He was a running back for the Cuse from 64-66 and was a three time All-American. He was one of the greats that wore #44 along with Jim Brown and Ernie Davis.
In 1967, he was the 6th selection in the first common AFL/NFL draft. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos and was known as "The Franchise."
He was the captain for the Broncos every year he played for the team (9). He was on the AFL All Star/Pro Bowl team five times. He retired in 1975 and was named to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010.
He's been the special assistant to the athletic director at Syracuse University since 2011. I really have seen him several times at the Dome during the football season. I'm looking forward to seeing him again when the Babers era begins soon.