Tom Flores expected to make the Hall of Fame sooner, became skeptical it would ever happen

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Tom Flores thought he was a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 37 years ago, when he won his second Super Bowl as head coach of the Raiders. But he’s only getting inducted now, this summer.

Flores admitted he grew increasingly frustrated in all those years that he didn’t make the Hall of Fame, and began to doubt it would ever happen. At the age of 84, Flores has finally been selected and is getting ready for the enshrinement ceremony.

“I kind of expected [being inducted] sooner, but it didn’t happen, so then I got skeptical about it and guarded in terms of this might be the year,” Flores said, via Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I wasn’t going to count on anything. But when I saw Mr. Baker had knocked on my door, and I saw that big body come through the doorway, I said, ‘Oh, man,’ There is no better feeling. I had tears in my eyes. I have tears in my eyes right now just thinking about it. That’s a lifetime of achievement. And that’s forever.”

Flores was a quarterback on the very first Raiders team, in 1960 in the American Football League, and he said it’s been amazing watching the journey of the franchise.

“I remember our first day ever in the history of the Raiders in Santa Cruz, California,” he said. “There were 11 quarterbacks in training camp. Eleven. We couldn’t even get all in one picture. Now, 61 years later, you look back and say, ‘Look at what we’ve done.’ No matter how many ups and downs, we always persevered. When I saw [Allegiant Stadium] in Vegas, I must have said ‘wow’ a hundred times. We used to have a closet to practice in and a field that sunk at one end.”

The Raiders have come a long way, pro football has come a long way, and now Flores has finally made his way to Canton.

24 responses to “Tom Flores expected to make the Hall of Fame sooner, became skeptical it would ever happen

  1. A great coach and honor for him. Congrats coach, it should have been years ago.

  2. They’re gonna make a new rule when BB retires so he can be enshrined instantly into the HOF and I’m going to be there.

  3. Man deserved to be in a lot sooner. If Tony Dungy managed to get in so quickly, Flores without a doubt deserved to had been there way before.

  4. Interesting, but can anyone tell me why Bill Cowher has been selected for the HOF?

  5. I will never understand why men whose lives are full of amazing accomplishments would care one iota whether or not a bunch of sportswriters think they deserve to have their bust in a museum.

    Compared to their actual achievements, what could mean less than that? Sorry, I just never got it.

  6. Getting into the HOF as a coach is easier. 2 SB wins is pretty much a lock. Just a matter of time before Seiffert, Coughlin and Shanahan get their tickets punched. To me, they aren’t HOF coaches, but they all have a better record than Flores and have the requisite 2 SB wins. Current coaches that will get in are Belichick, Reid, Carrol, Payton, Harbaugh, and Tomlin. Probably Gruden and Ariens. Maybe a few more if they have some success and can keep their jobs. Easier as a coach.

  7. lgw91s says:
    “Just a matter of time before Seiffert, Coughlin and Shanahan get their tickets punched. To me, they aren’t HOF coaches”

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    If you think Shanahan not hall of fame worthy, why don’t you ask Belichick why he had the hardest time stopping Shanahan’s offense.

  8. lgw91s says:
    July 19, 2021 at 8:56 am
    Getting into the HOF as a coach is easier. 2 SB wins is pretty much a lock. Just a matter of time before Seiffert, Coughlin and Shanahan get their tickets punched. To me, they aren’t HOF coaches, but they all have a better record than Flores and have the requisite 2 SB wins. Current coaches that will get in are Belichick, Reid, Carrol, Payton, Harbaugh, and Tomlin. Probably Gruden and Ariens. Maybe a few more if they have some success and can keep their jobs. Easier as a coach.

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    Harbaugh? Payton? Arians? Gruden?

    Please child….

  9. If he had coached Dallas,He would have been in the HOF years ago!!!…The NFL`s favorite team always gets the praise!

  10. “Probably Gruden”
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    Not sure which is crazier: Thinking Gruden will make the HoF or thinking he’ll win another Super Bowl which would be his absolute only hope of even getting considered. He’s a career .500 coach and was that same level with Tampa where he won his single Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Flores was 30 games above .500 with the Raiders, won 2 Lombardies and still just barely made it in.

  11. I’ve always thought he was lucky to have Al Davis around….he was really bad as GM/Coach for the Seahawks. They regressed every year he was there.

  12. contaminatedthrillz says: “If he had coached Dallas,He would have been in the HOF years ago!!!…The NFL`s favorite team always gets the praise!”
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    Um, Dallas has 20 HOF members, while Raiders is right next to them at 19…

  13. Raiders have always been slighted when it comes to NFL recognition. Cliff Branch still not in HOF. Stats similar to Biletnikoff’s and DBs actually feared Branch more. 3x All Pro and 3 SB champion, one more than Freddie. Too bad the guy has passed now, yet another Raider who probably get in after his death.

  14. HOF is a joke. Been there and if you haven’t been there you are not missing anything. I guess it makes you feel like you made it if you have been accepted in.

  15. Tom Flores
    97-87 coaching record
    6 losing seasons in 12 years
    14-34 record with Seattle
    5 straight losing seasons to close out his career
    On the flipside three Super Bowl rings
    Two as a coach and one as a backup player

    I think the timing was right for his induction

  16. HOF HC John Madden is a hard act to follow. Flores should have been enshrined years ago. The Raiders of that era was the wildest circus to hit town. Getting guys like Ted Hendricks, John Matuzak and Lyle Alzedo ready to play and out of jail wasn’t easy. They were drinkers, carousers, womenizers and bar room brawlers who would have spent large parts of their careers under suspension in today’s more conciensious era Cruisin’ for a bruisin’ with the Tuze (Matuzak) was a regular staple of local papers. Flores, like Madden got them to practice hard, even if they were throwing up on the sidelines after a night of partying. On Sundays they were ready.

  17. George Seifert won two super bowls, and he did it with two different QB’s. He actually had a much better win/loss record than Bill Walsh.

  18. The HOF is becoming a joke, and the current low-bar standards are very unfair to the truly great players and coaches that have been honored in the past.

  19. BB will never be enshrined. He’ll get caught cheating twice more in his final 2 seasons and be banned from the NFL for life.

  20. George Seifert won two titles and I would never vote for him. I’m sure Coughlin will get in… Holmgren is more deserving than Cowher and Dungy. I’m guessing Mike Shanahan gets in eventually.

    Happy for Flores. Always liked him as a kid.

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