President-elect Joe Biden with stirring salute to friend Floyd Little

Barry Werner
·2 min read

President-elect Joe Biden attended Syracuse University. Despite his long career, he hasn’t forgotten his Orange roots.

That came out on Saturday when Biden paid homage through a statement to the great Syracuse running back, Floyd Little, who died a day earlier after a battle with cancer.

“Floyd Little and I were students at Syracuse University together,” Biden said in a statement. “I was in law school and he was a star halfback on the football team. I watched him play in Archbold Stadium, his number 44 flashing by defenders who had no chance, running as if he was chasing the spirit of his dear friend and fellow 44 legend, Ernie Davis.

“In the years that followed, I got to know Floyd as the man behind the number. He was full of character, decency, and integrity. He was always gracious with his time with fans — parents and grandparents who wanted to introduce their children and grandchildren to a genuine role model.

“I was one of them. My family got to know Floyd. We’d call each other after Syracuse games and to check in on one another. I remember our call when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the joy in his voice. And I remember the more recent call when he shared his cancer diagnosis, and how fearless he was in his conviction to fight it. As with everything else he did in life, Floyd lived to the very end with grit and heart, and love for his family and faith in God.

“I will miss my friend. He was a good man. The entire Biden family sends our love to DeBorah and the entire Little family.”

Well played, by the man who becomes Mr. President on Jan. 20.