Making the case: Tom Flores into the Pro Football Hall of Fame #TomFloresHOF

By Leighton Ginn

This is my regularly scheduled rant about how former Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders head coach Tom Flores needs to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This year, I’m adding a hashtag #TomFloresHOF to help spread the word.

The resume of Flores is remarkable. Some of the highlights:

  • Flores won two Super Bowls as a head coach, 1981 with the Oakland Raiders and 1984 with the Los Angeles Raiders.
  • Flores has a Super Bowl title as a player with the Kansas City Chiefs (1970)
  • Flores, a Mexican American, is the first minority coach to win a Super Bowl. No Hispanic coach has won a Super Bowl, although Ron Rivera reached the Super Bowl last year with Carolina.
  • His 1984 Super Bowl title is the only one won in Southern California, which also had the Rams and Chargers.
  • The Raiders have not won a Super Bowl since Flores left.
  • Flores won a Super Bowl as an assistant coach with the Raiders in 1977 under John Madden. Another way of looking at it is, the Raiders has never won a Super Bowl without Flores.
  • Of the 23 coaches in the Hall of Fame (15 in the Super Bowl era), only Chuck Noll (4), Bill Walsh (3) and Joe Gibbs (3) have won more Super Bowl titles.
  • Only Flores and Mike Ditka have won Super Bowls as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
  • Coached seven Hall of Famers: Marcus Allen, Dave Casper, Ray Guy, Mike Haynes, Howie Long, Art Shell and Gene Upshaw.

So it needs to be pointed out that there are 12 coaches in the Hall of Fame who coached in the Super Bowl era who has two or less Super Bowl titles.

Get Tom Flores into the Hall of Fame now

Among those in the two-title group that are not in the Hall of Fame are Jimmy Johnson, who built the Dallas Cowboys dynasty in the 90s, and George Seifert, who maintained the San Francisco 49ers dynasty in the post-Joe Montana era.

There’s also Bill Belicheck, who has four Super Bowl titles and his induction appears to be a forgone conclusion.

But if you look beyond the resume, Flores was a pioneer in football. He might have been too modest about his accomplishments and the doors he’s opened.

Diversity is a problem for the NFL. If it wasn’t, something like the Rooney Rule would not exist.

Today, more than ever, the NFL needs to celebrate it’s diversity, and that begins with Tom Flores.

The Case for Tom Flores to Enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Here is an updated list of the Hall of Fame voters, with Twitter handles.

Kent Somers @kentsomers

Len Pasquarelli

Scott Garceau @ScottGShow1057

Vic Carucci @VicCarucci

Darin Gantt @DarinGantt

Dan Pompei @danpompei

Geoff Hobson @GeoffHobsonCin

Tony Grossi @TonyGrossi

Rick Gosselin @RickGosselinDMN

Jeff Legwold @Jeff_Legwold

Dave Birkett @DaveBirkett

Pete Dougherty @PeteDougherty

John McClain @McClain_on_NFL

Mike Chappell  @MChappell51

Sam Kouvaris @SamKouvaris

Randy Covitz @RandyCovitz

Armando Salguero @ArmandoSalguero

Mark Craig @MarkCraigNFL

Ron Borges @RonBorges

Jeff Duncan @JeffDuncan_

Bob Glauber @BobGlauber

Gary Myers @GaryMyersNYDN

Frank Cooney @FrankCooney

Paul Domowitch @pdomo

Ed Bouchette @EdBouchette

Kevin Acee @sdutKevinAcee   

Mike Sando @SandoESPN

Ira Kaufman @IKaufmanTBO

David Climer @DavidClimer

David Elfin @DavidElfin

Mary Kay Cabot @MaryKayCabot

Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721)

Jarrett Bell @JarrettBell

John Clayton @ClaytonESPN

Jason Cole @JasonColeBR

John Czarnecki,

Dan Fouts

Clark Judge @ClarkJudgeTOF

Peter King @SI_PeterKing

James Lofton @Lofton80

Ira Miller

Sal Paolantonio @SalPal_ESPN

Vito Stellino @VitoStellino

Jim Trotter @JimTrotter_NFL

Charean Williams @NFLCharean

Barry Wilner @Wilner88

 

 

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