Any Denver sports fan worth their salt should be happy with the news yesterday that former Broncos great Floyd Little will get a shot at the Hall of Fame.
Little, one of the National Football League’s first multi-talented running backs, played in Denver from 1967 through 1975, retiring as the seventh all-time leading rusher at the time, notes The Denver Post, which writes that Little was called “the Franchise” because his signing in Denver was largely responsible for the team staying put and not relocating to Chicago or Birmingham. Little will be one of just two Broncos in the Hall of Fame who played his entire career in Denver.
The Associated Press points out that Little gained more than 12,000 yards in his career, was chosen for five Pro Bowls, rushed for 6,323 yards and 43 touchdowns. The Mile High Report counts Little as one of the greatest Broncos of all time, expressing no doubt that he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. The Mile High Report itself deserves some kudos for hitting its three-year mark this week.
Elsewhere in Bronco country, Russ Hochstein, an offensive lineman with the New England Patriots since 2002, was traded to the Broncos yesterday for a late-round draft pick (via The Boston Globe). Coach Josh McDaniels, the Patriots’ former offensive coordinator, seems to have a desire to remake the Broncos into the Patriots West. Hochstein joins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, long snapper Lonie Paxton, defensive end Le Kevin Smith, and running back LaMont Jordan as former Patriots.