Tom Flores inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
LOS ANGELES TIMES [Story Link]
CANTON, Ohio —
It required more than two silver trophies for Tom Flores to get a gold jacket.
It took a (pirate) shipload of patience too.
Just wait, baby.
Flores, the soft-spoken Raiders coach who was at the helm for two of the club’s three Super Bowl victories, was inducted Sunday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a fitting capstone for a trailblazing career that began more than 60 years ago. He was a quarterback and one of 20 men to play all 10 years in the American Football League.
His pro career began as one of 11 quarterbacks at training camp in Santa Cruz for the inaugural season of the Oakland Raiders.
“We were just a bunch of guys who didn’t have a home stadium,” he said. “Most of the guys in training camp had no idea where Oakland was. I had to tell them. We were playing in San Francisco. That new league gave us all an opportunity to play football and continue.”
(Photo Credit: David Richard / Associated Press)