When you mention the name Larry Little amongst a room of Football Enthusiast and all you hear about is how he's a Great guy, Awesome football player, engaged community leader and so on it's no wonder I was absolutely honored when Ford Motor Company and The Pro Football Hall of Fame invited me out to pay tribute to the former Miami Dolphins right guard at his high school alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School Wednesday Morning. Little was honored as part of the “Hometown Hall of Famer™ program and I was super excited to witness the honoring!
Larry Little was born in Groveland, Georgia in 1945. In 1967 he signed as a free agent to the San Diego Chargers and was traded 1969 to the Miami Dolphins. Little immediately won starting right guard job and was the epitome of powerful Dolphins rushing game of the 1970s. He was All-Pro six years, a Five-time Pro Bowl pick and a Three-time NFLPA pick as AFC offensive lineman of year. Little is known for being extremely fast and quick on pass-protection. He started in three Super Bowls. Larry Little was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Larry Little pictured above with his daughter (left) and Wife (right).
When asked what he does to currently keep busy Larry smiled and spoke of enjoying time with his family and grandkids and how he enjoys attending their track meets and sporting events. Although I had never met Larry before there was something about him that showed how committed and proud he was of his family. Maybe it was the way he teared up when speaking about how his mother raised him and the sacrifices she made to make sure he was able to reach such high levels doing what he loved, or maybe it was the way the students hung onto his every word as he encouraged them to never give up and to always be the best that they could be, but no matter what it was I knew I was in the presence of greatness from the moment I walked in and so did everyone else in attendance.
Hometown Hall of Famer™ is a national program that honors the hometown roots of the greatest heroes of the football game with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities. The plaques given to the schools will live permanently at Booker T. Washington High School. In addition to the plaque, South Florida will receive two commemorative Hometown Hall of Famer road signs to proudly display.
Special thanks to Ford Motor company for inviting me out to be a part of such a wonderful event. Ford, the PFHOF and the Miami Dolphins share a commitment to excellence and an appreciation for the legacies upon which each organization is built. This program is a great way for them to connect the community and to celebrate one of its favorite sons. Larry Little we Thank and Honor you for all that you have done and the powerful community influence you'll continue to be.
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