LARRY LITTLE

LARRY LITTLE

Class of 1993
Guard >>> 6-1, 265
(Bethune-Cookman)
1967-1968 San Diego Chargers, 1969-1980 Miami Dolphins

Larry Chatmon Little. . .Free-agent signee with 1967 Chargers. . . Traded to Miami, 1969. . .Immediately won starting right guard job. . . Epitome of powerful Dolphins rushing game of 1970s. . .Fast, quick on pass protection - awesome, intimidating as pulling guard on sweeps. . . All-Pro six years. . .Five-time Pro Bowl pick. . .Three-time NFLPA pick as AFC offensive lineman of year. . .Started in three Super Bowls. . .Born November 2, 1945, in Groveland, Georgia.

Larry Little, unlike many highly touted Miami Dolphins stars of the 1970s, began his career in 1967 as an unheralded free agent with the San Diego Chargers. Larry, who had been a two-way tackle, team captain, and an All-Conference choice at Bethune-Cookman College, enjoyed only moderate success during his two years in San Diego.

Just before the 1969 campaign, however, he was traded to the Dolphins and it wasn't long before the 6-1, 265-pound guard was being praised as one of the National Football League’s premier offensive linemen. A fixture at right guard during the 1970s when the Dolphins were a dominant team in pro football Little was the embodiment of the intimidating force of the famed Miami rushing attack.

A superb pass blocker, awesome on the scrimmage line and especially effective as the lead man on the powerful Dolphin sweeps, Little was named first-team All-NFL from 1971 through 1975 and again in 1977. He was also named second-team All-NFL in 1978, and All-AFC five times. Larry was selected to play in five Pro Bowls (1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1975). He was named the NFL Players Association's AFC Lineman of the Year in 1970,1971 and 1972.

When Miami rushed for a then-record 2,960 yards in its perfect 1972 season, Little was tabbed by one prestigious selection panel as the NFL's outstanding blocker. Little displayed versatility, durability and dedication throughout his career.

Coach Don Shula called him "a real inspiration, not just for the way he performs but also for his influence on our younger players." In one emergency situation, brought about by injuries, Little shifted to the unfamiliar right tackle spot with little effect on his quality of play. Even though he was plagued by knee, ankle, and leg injuries through much of his career, he sat out only four games because of injuries in his first 11 seasons with the Dolphins.

Year
Team
G
1967 San Diego
10
1968 San Diego
14
1969 Miami
12
1970 Miami
14
1971 Miami
14
1972 Miami
14
1973 Miami
13
1974 Miami
14
1975 Miami
14
1976 Miami
14
1977 Miami
14
1978 Miami
16
1979 Miami
15
1980 Miami
5
Career Total
183

Championship Games

1971 AFC – Miami Dolphins 21, Baltimore 0
Started at right guard.

1972 AFC – Miami Dolphins 21, Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Started at right guard.

1973 AFC – Miami Dolphins 27, Oakland Raiders 10
Started at right guard.

Super Bowls

Super Bowl VI – Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami Dolphins 3
Started at right guard.

Super Bowl VIIMiami Dolphins 14, Washington Redskins 7.
Started at right guard.

Super Bowl VIII Miami Dolphins 24, Minnesota Vikings 7
Started at right guard.

All-NFL: 1971 (AP, PFWA, PW),  1972 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW), 1973 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW), 1974 (AP, PFWA), 1975 (AP, PFWA, PW), 1977 (PFWA)

All-NFL Second Team: 1975 (NEA), 1977 (AP), 1978 (AP, NEA)

All-AFC: 1971 (AP, UPI, SN, PW), 1972 (AP, UP, SN, PW), 1973 (AP, UPI, SN, PW),1974 (AP, UPI, SN), 1975 (AP, UPI, PW)

All-AFC Second Team: 1977 (UPI), 1978 (UPI)

(5) – 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975

• 1970’s All-Decade Team
• 1970 NFLPA AFC Offensive Lineman of the Year
• 1971 NFLPA AFC Offensive Lineman of the Year
• 1972 NFLPA AFC Offensive Lineman of the Year

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1967 San Diego Chargers 8 5 1 (3rd)
1968 San Diego Chargers 9 5 0 (3rd)
1969 Miami Dolphins 3 10 1 (4th)
1970 Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 (2nd)
1971 Miami Dolphins 10 3 1 (1st)
1972 Miami Dolphins 14 0 0 (1st)
1973 Miami Dolphins 12 2 0 (1st)
1974 Miami Dolphins 11 3 0 (1st)
1975 Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 (2nd)
1976 Miami Dolphins 6 8 0 (3rd)
1977 Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 (2nd)
1978 Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 (2nd)
1979 Miami Dolphins 10 6 0 (1st)
1980 Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 (3rd)

Full name: Larry Chatmon Little

Birthdate: November 2, 1945

Birthplace: Groveland, Georgia

High School: Booker T. Washignton (Miami, FL)

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 31, 1993

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 31, 1993

Presenter: Don Shula, Little's Hall of Fame coach with the Miami Dolphins

Other Members of the Class of 1993: Dan Fouts, Chuck Noll, Walter Payton, Bill Walsh

Pro Career: 14 Seasons, 183 Games

Drafted: Little was not drafted.

Transactions: 1967 - signed as a free agent with San Diego Chargers. July 2, 1969 – Little was traded from San Diego Chargers to Miami Dolphins in exchange for CB Mack Lamb.

Uniform Number: #66. He also wore #73 during his two seasons with the Chargers.

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