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Lawrence Chatmon Little (born November 2, 1945) is a former professional American football offensive guard who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played collegiately at Bethune–Cookman University, in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

Larry Little
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Little in 2013
No. 73, 66
Personal information
Born: (1945-11-02) November 2, 1945 (age 73)
Groveland, Georgia
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Booker T. Washington
(Miami, Florida)
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:183
Games started:157
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Professional careerEdit

Little went unselected in 1967, however he signed as a free agent with the American Football League's San Diego Chargers in 1967 and 1968, and was traded to the AFL's Miami Dolphins for the 1969 season, when he was named an AFL All-Star. He then played with the National Football League Dolphins from 1970 through 1980.

"I didn't particularly like the trade", Little said in the January 1974 issue of SPORT.[1] "The Dolphins weren't much then."

Little was a key contributor to the success of the Dolphins' punishing running attack of the early and mid-1970s, which featured Larry Csonka, Mercury Morris, and Jim Kiick.

Post-playing careerEdit

He also served as head football coach of his alma mater, from 1983 to 1991, and as head coach at North Carolina Central University from 1993 to 1998. In addition, Little served as head coach of the Ohio Glory of the World League of American Football (which eventually became the now-defunct NFL Europe).

On December 16, 1993 Larry was added to the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll.

In 1999, he was ranked number 79 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Little's younger brother, David Little, was a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 2007 was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team which selected the Top 33 players in the 100-year history of high school football in the state of Florida's history.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Bethune–Cookman Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1983–1991)
1983 Bethune–Cookman 4–4–1 1–3 T–3rd
1984 Bethune–Cookman 7–3 4–0 1st
1985 Bethune–Cookman 6–4 3–1 2nd
1986 Bethune–Cookman 3–8 2–3 5th
1987 Bethune–Cookman 4–7 2–3 4th
1988 Bethune–Cookman 5–6 4–2 T–1st
1989 Bethune–Cookman 5–5 3–3 T–3rd
1990 Bethune–Cookman 4–7 1–5 6th
1991 Bethune–Cookman 4–6 3–3 T–3rd
Bethune–Cookman: 45–48–1 23–23
North Carolina Central Eagles (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1993–1998)
1993 North Carolina Central 6–5 5–3 4th
1994 North Carolina Central 6–5 5–3 T–3rd
1995 North Carolina Central 5–6 4–4 5th
1996 North Carolina Central 8–3 5–3 T–4th
1997 North Carolina Central 4–7 4–3 T–4th
1998 North Carolina Central 4–6 3–4 7th
North Carolina Central: 33–32 26–20
Total: 78–80–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 20, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Sporting News Top 100 Football Players". Democrat and Chronicle. August 15, 1999. p. 3D. Retrieved November 10, 2016 – via

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