The wife of legendary Syracuse football player, Floyd Little, confirmed that the running back has been diagnosed with cancer.
The confirmation coming after a teammate of Little made the diagnosis public by creating a GoFundMe page to support the family.
The 77 year-old Hall of Famer was a three-time All-American for the Orange wearing no. 44 which put him in a class of illustrious running backs at Syracuse like Jim Brown and Heisman trophy winner Ernie Davis who wore the same number.
The New Haven, Connecticut native was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 after playing nine seasons with the Denver Broncos.
He was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame last year.
Syracuse Athletic Director John Wildhack released a statement saying, “Floyd's determination and fortitude has guided him throughout his life. We know he will battle this challenge with the same focus. In this battle, he will have all of orange nation by his side."
Current Orange Head Football Coach, Dino Babers, tweeted out his well wishes to Little saying, “Floyd Little is a fighter. I know he will face this disease with the same courage, dignity and strength with which he’s met all of life’s challenges. The entire Syracuse Football family is in his corner.”