At halftime of the upcoming Las Vegas Raiders and Miami Dolphins game, Pro Hall of Fame President David Baker will present legendary Raiders’ head coach and 2021 enshrinee Tom Flores his “Ring of Excellence.”
The ring is given to all Hall of Fame members, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Mick Akers tweeted a picture of the ring ahead of the ceremony.
Here’s the @ProFootballHOF Ring of Excellence legendary Raiders coach Tom Flores will be presented with on Sunday at halftime of the Raiders-Dolphins game at Allegiant Stadium. #vegas #raiders #RaiderNation @ProFootballHOF pic.twitter.com/OFmfykFGSf— Mick Akers (@mickakers) September 24, 2021
Flores’ new piece of jewelry is made of 14-karat gold and has diamonds in the middle in the shape of a football. The ring also includes an image of his bust and is engraved with the number 348, as the head coach is the 348th member of the exclusive club.
Even with two Super Bowl victories and 97 total career wins as the man in charge, it took 35 years for Flores to receive his gold jacket and ring. He was also an assistant on John Madden’s staff when the organization won its first Lombardi trophy, and he was the first minority head coach in NFL history to win it all.
It was a long journey but this Sunday will culminate what has been a special couple of months for Flores, as he’s now firmly cemented in football’s history books and his legacy will live on forever.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Jacobs doubtful, Incognito out: the Raiders released their final injury report ahead of the game and it looks like the running game could be a struggle again.
- Lee back on practice squad: the linebacker was called up for the game against Pittsburgh, but Las Vegas had to “send him back down” to make room for newly-signed offensive tackle Jackson Barton. Devery Hamilton was released from the practice squad in a corresponding move.
- Carr Underappreciated: ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler interviewed NFL coaches and decision-makers and asked about the league’s most underappreciated players, and the Raiders’ QB was a name frequently brought up.
- Pass rush “secret sauce”: NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks spoke about Las Vegas’ defensive line.