A Look at Tom Flores

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I’ve read on several occasions that Tom Flores is one of the classiest individuals in professional football.  The one time that I met him, Flores was very polite, and happy to speak with fans and old teammates.

The following article talks about Flores impact on the game, his accomplishments, and his (and quarterback Jim Plunkett’s) worthiness of induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  The funny thing is that Flores’s playing career is barely even acknowledged in the article; everything is based on his success as head coach of the Raiders.  Keep in mind that Flores was no slouch as a signal-caller.  He typically finished among the top quarterbacks in most offensive categories during the first half of the AFL, despite being on some poor teams in the early years.  He was an AFL player from 1960-1969 (though he sat out the 1962 season with tuberculosis), one of just 20 players to accomplish the feat.  He was instrumental in the Raiders turnaround under Al Davis in 1963, and was a member of the Super Bowl IV-winning Kansas City Chiefs.

Oh yes, and he won two super bowls as a head coach.

FLORES, PLUNKETT DESERVE CANTON CALL

Todd Tobias (676 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.



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One Response to A Look at Tom Flores

  1. Howard says:

    I was at a banquet in Boston several years ago. I was seated next to George Blanda. George was a big fan of Tom Flores. He felt he was not recognized as a top shelf QB.

    Certainly his Raiders coaching job was his biggest notable. He also coached the Seahawks, not a good team however.

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