Progress today as 2-time Super Bowl winning head coach Tom Flores has been voted among the list of semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2019. This is the first time he has ever made it past the initial list of nominees.
Flores is joined by former Raiders DT Richard Seymour as the only two Raiders to make it from the initial list of 91 modern era nominees. Other former Raiders who did not make the cut include Steve Wisniewski (G), La’Roi Glover (DT/NT), Russell Maryland (DT), Eric Allen (CB), and Albert Lewis (CB).
In total, there are 25 modern era semifinalists. None more deserving than Tom Flores. He was the first minority head coach in NFL history and went on to lead the Raiders to two Super Bowl win as head coach. And yet, he has not been able to get recognized for his accomplishments now 25 years since he coached his last NFL game.
He has made the list of nominees several times, including each of the past three seasons. But in each case, he was eliminated with the first round of cuts.
From here the list will be whittled down to 15 modern-era finalists in January. In addition to the 15 finalists there will be Senior Finalist, Johnny Robinson, and Contributor Finalists, Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt.
The Selection Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga. to elect the Class of 2019. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Canton.