For all of Flores’ first evers, he deserves a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Let Tom in.
He made history for an entire people group. He won Super Bowl rings at three different jobs. He worked for The Al for half a century, which just screams for a medal of honor.
Put Thomas Raymond Flores where he belongs, in a Canton room of bronzed busts.
My friends, former friends and can-I-borrow-ten-bucks friends on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee advanced Sanger’s favored son to the list of 15 modern-era finalists for the first time.
Now, what the 82-year-old former Raiders player and coach did in his first year of retirement to finally make the finals, we have no idea. Maybe he shot a great round at his home golf course in Palm Springs. Maybe he won his league in Madden 2018.
Who cares? All we know is this committee has got to do Flores – and the game – right, and elect him to the Hall of Fame during Super Bowl weekend.
To be clear, Flores is getting into Canton, one way or the other. The only question is, will they let him make his speech wearing that awful yellow coat, or wait until he’s wearing pine pajamas and have the Seniors Committee do him the postmortem honor?
Elect him now. Pretty please. With sugared smelling salts on top.
Now, I know a few voters – for those who don’t care, I used to cover the NFL for the San Francisco Chronicle. I had a few of these arguments with them while choking on last week’s popcorn with them in the press box.
I say he’s one of two people to win a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach and head coach. I mention he’s won as a head coach twice. I throw in that he’s the fifth-leading passer in AFL history (Google it, kids, I don’t have time for a history lesson).
Know what they always say? “Yeah, but he was a backup quarterback on that Super Bowl Chiefs team and what about those lost years coaching in Seattle?”
Then, after we exchange throat punches and find a way to expense our hospital meals, I always come back to this. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is where people who made history go to live forever. And no one can deny Flores’ proper place in the land of remember when.
Flores is the first Hispanic