Height: 6-1 Weight: 265 Age: 64
Born: 11/2/1945 Groveland, GA
Experience: 14 Seasons
(Chargers 1967 – 1968… Dolphins 1969 – 1980)
Hall of Fame Induction: 1993
A few days ago I started a short post called Alpha-Bits. I don’t know where this is really going or if I will even do anything more. But for now here’s another short story of another Miami Dolphins player, who also, was not originally drafted by them, but was a major contributor to the most winning and “Perfect” team.
I dedicate this “Bit” to Uncle Finster, who may not only remember this famed guard, but because he is the first on the Phinsider to bring up a guard as an option in the draft with Mike Iupati of Idaho.
What I remember most of Larry was seeing him in “sweep type” plays. He just seemed unbelievable leading the way as a pulling guard for each of Miami’s famed backs. He was only 265 pounds, imagine that. With guards now 50, 60, 70 even 100 pounds heavier now, but then, corners were tinier and linebackers were around 200… lol.
With that, I leave you with the following…
“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.
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.
"I didn't particularly like the trade," Little said in the January 1974 issue of SPORT magazine. "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 1970's, which featured Larry Csonka, Mercury Morris, and Jim Kiick.
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.”
At about the 1:45 time, I think of the Patriots and LMAO!