Each year there are several Raiders among the candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This year the list of nominees starts at 91 modern era nominees. Among that long list were seven players who once donned a Raiders uniform. They are as follows:
Steve Wisniewski (G), La’Roi Glover (DT/NT), Russell Maryland (DT), Richard Seymour (DT), Eric Allen (CB), Albert Lewis (CB), and Tom Flores (HC).
Among these seven nominees, none are 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.
His last year of coaching was 1994 and here we are 25 years later and he’s still waiting to get the call. He has made the list of nominees several times, including each of the past three seasons. But in each case, he was eliminated in November with the first round of cuts.
After the cutdown to a select like of semi-finalists in November, 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.