Tom Flores and Mike Ditka also share something in common; for they are the only two individuals in NFL history to win Super bowls as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. However, Tom Flores won two Super bowls compared to Ditka's one; and Mike Ditka is in the Hall of Fame. Which leads us to a very important question. Why is Tom Flores not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton?
Al Davis was a visionary not only in his acute ability to evaluate talent, but in his groundbreaking efforts to bring equality into pro football. He hired Tom Flores as John Madden's successor, making Flores the first Hispanic head coach in NFL history. Flores finished his career in Oakland/LA as a multiple Superbowl winning coach, having been the underdog in both match ups against the Philadelphia Eagles
in Superbowl XV, and then in Superbowl XVIII against the Washington Redskins
. The Raiders
under Flores prevailed in both efforts.
Tom Flores complied 105 career victories, only 7 behind Madden (and would have had more had he not coached the abominable Seahags in Seattle in his last 3 years as a head coach) and had a career post season record of 8-3; a phenomenal .727 winning percentage!
The question that needs a sincere answer is how can coaches such as Marv Levy (who never won a Superbowl), Hank Stram (who only one 1 Superbowl and had 135 victories, of which Flores' 105 victories and TWO Super bowls should be considered a better accomplishment),George Allen (he won 118 games, but NEVER won a Superbowl), Bud Grant (NEVER won a Superbowl), and Sid Gillman (won only 1 AFL title and complied 123 wins in 18 years...what?) be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Tom Flores be presently excluded? I did not make up these facts...
The answer to the sincere question that I have asked is the Raider organization is obviously frowned upon with undue vitriol and hatred. It is sad that an institution like the NFL which professes to be an inclusive establishment, would deny Tom Flores induction and enshrinement into their Hall of Fame.