Statewide push underway to induct Tom Flores who lives in the Coachella Valley into the pro football Hall of Fame
Tom Flores, 83, has one of the most prolific records in National Football League (NFL) history as a quarterback and head coach, but has not yet been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame based in Canton, Ohio.
All that could change after Democratic Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and other Latino legislators introduced — and approved —a resolution this afternoon to change that.
Community support for the induction of Tom Flores has been growing throughout California. Several city councils have recently weighed in support of Flores’ induction by approving resolutions, including Los Angeles, Fresno, Huron, and Flores’ hometown of Sanger, California. Coors Light has even launched a full-fledged media campaign backing Tom Flores’ Hall of Fame bid with commercials spotlighting Flores’ accomplishments.
“Tom Flores has broken barriers throughout his career, overcoming adversity to accomplish many firsts for Latinos in the NFL. After a lifetime of outstanding accomplishments, Flores has more than earned his spot in the Hall of Fame and should be inducted this year, without delay,” Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, said in prepared statement. “Tom Flores is a living NFL legend and a true inspiration for Latino youth and families across our nation. With this resolution, my colleagues and I want to show that California State leaders stand in support of Flores and declare that representation matters across the board, including in the professional sports world.”
Garcia went on to say that, “I am proud that Tom “The Iceman” Flores now calls our Coachella Valley community home.”
Members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus agree that Flores accomplishments have been unduly passed up and that recognition for this Latino football legend is long overdue. To strengthen statewide advocacy efforts, the Caucus plans to issue a letter of support.
Flores served as assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders starting in 1972. As assistant coach under head coach John Madden, Tom Flores was instrumental in guiding the Oakland Raiders to its Super Bowl XI victory in 1977, defeating the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 32 to 14.. He was hired in 1979 as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, becoming the first Latino head coach in professional football. He was head coach from 1979 to 1987.
He led the Oakland Raiders as a wild-card playoff team to win Super Bowl XV in 1981 against the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 27 to 10, the first Super Bowl win for any wild-card team. After the Oakland Raiders moved to Los Angeles in 1982, Tom Flores led the Los Angeles Raiders to win Super Bowl XVIII in 1984 with a win over the Washington, D.C. football team by a score of 38 to 9.
- Tom Flores: Assemblymember Garcia