His long wait is over.
He finally made it.
Tom Flores is a new member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
It’s been a long time coming, but voting members of the Canton, Ohio museum got it right this time. Flores is entering the Hall of Fame as the lone coaching candidate in 2021. Essentially, the Hall of Fame created this path to right the wrongs of Flores’ Hall of Fame past. He needed, at least, 80 percent of the vote and he received enough to get greenlighted to the HOF.
Now, Flores will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame in August, if the coronavirus permits.
Flores is one of the all-time Raiders’ greats. He led the team to the Super Bowl championship after the 1980 and 1983 seasons.
Flores is a historical figure in the NFL. He is the first person to win a Super Bowl ring as a player (Kansas City Chiefs), assistant coach (Oakland) and head coach. He is also the first Latino coach in the NFL.
It was widely considered a mistake that Flores was not in the Hall of Fame.
Now, at the age of 83, Flores gets his call to Canton,
Flores is a huge part of the Raiders’ history and he is a classy person. Canton is lucky to get to claim him, even though it’s years too late.