David Lamar Little, Sr. (January 3, 1959 – March 17, 2005) was an American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons during the 1980s and early 1990s. Little played college football for the University of Florida, and was recognized as an All-American. Selected late in the seventh round of the 1981 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and became a nine-season starter.
Little accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played linebacker for coach Doug Dickey and coach Charley Pell‘s Florida Gators football teams from 1977 to 1980. As a senior team captain in 1980, he helped lead the Gators in the biggest one-year turnaround in the history of NCAADivision I football—from 0–10–1 in 1979 to an 8–4 bowl team in 1980. After the 1980 season, he was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, a consensus first-team All-American, and the recipient of the Gators’ Fergie Ferguson Award recognizing the “senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage.” He finished his four-year college career with 475 tackles—still the Gators’ all-time career record.
Little was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great” in 1991. In one of a series of articles published by The Gainesville Sun in 2006, the Sun sportswriters picked him as No. 18 among the 100 all-time greatest Gator players from the first century of Florida football.