Behind the Bronze: Larry Little

12/08/2010

Two-hundred-sixty bronze busts reside in the Hall of Fame Gallery inside the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. They "immortalize" the greatest players, coaches, and contributors that this game has produced.

Larry Little

Larry Little signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 1967. He played two seasons with San Diego before he was traded to the Miami Dolphins. He quickly developed into a premier guard who was equally adept at pass blocking as well as leading the way for the Dolphins' powerful running attack of the 1970s.

He started in three straight Super Bowls including victories in Super Bowls VII and VIII. Named All-Pro six times, Little was named the AFC's Offensive Lineman of the Year three straight times and voted to five Pro Bowls. He was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1993. Larry's HOF Bio>>>

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Hobbies: Believe it or not, my main hobby is doing crossword puzzles. It keeps my brain fresh.

What kind of reading do you enjoy? I read a lot of sports magazines. Sporting News is my favorite one.

Favorite Movie: I don't go to many movies. But, if I had to think back it would be The Godfather.

Favorite Music: Soul, old soul.

Favorite Food: Chicken.

Favorite Athlete in Another Sport: It's probably Dwayne Wade.

Favorite Current NFL Player: Tom Brady for what he has done.

Favorite NFL Team as a Child: Baltimore Colts.

First Job: Working in the corner store by my home three days a week. I think I made eight bucks for the three days.

Your Favorite NFL Stadium During Your Career (other than the Orange Bowl): Shea Stadium.

One Person Who Influenced You Most: My mom.

Did you have any pre-game rituals/superstitions? No, I didn't. But during the game, I had one spot to sit in on the bench when I wasn't in the game. It was at the end of the bench.

Was there a reason for choosing No. 66 with the Dolphins? It was the one they gave me.

Watch: Larry Little describes his most memorable games.

Toughest Opponent: Joe Greene

Who was favorite coach during football career – high school, college, or pro? Probably my defensive line coach at Bethune-Cookman, Tank Johnson.

How would you spend time during the offseason? Going out more than I did than when it was the season.

What makes you most proud about your Hall of Fame career? I played on a great team, going undefeated, and only losing two games in two years.

When, if ever, did you ever realize that you had a Hall of Fame career? I think I may have during my years of playing. I know I was making All-Pro every year and named Offensive Lineman of the Year three years in a row. Playing with great running backs helped also!

Where were you when you learned that you had been elected to the Hall of Fame? I was in Las Vegas at a hotel on my way to the Super Bowl. I lived in Columbus, Ohio at the time and I went on a junket to the Super Bowl with some people from Columbus. We stopped in Vegas overnight and that's where I got the phone call.

Did you consider anyone other than Don Shula to be your presenter? I thought about having Mercury Morris and Monte Clark, my offensive line coach but decided on Coach Shula.

If you could do your Enshrinement Speech over today, what would you change? I wouldn't change anything.

Your greatest accomplishment outside of football: Being in a position to give back to the community that I grew up in. And, having a boys camp for underprivileged kids during my playing career and afterwards too. They'd go to camp for two weeks during the summer.

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