Four-time Super Bowl champion and Coachella Valley resident Tom Flores will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio.
“It’s hard to put it into words what this moment means,” the 83-year-old Flores said in a video interview posted to Raiders.com. “It’s just a great honor to be in that room with all those gold jackets.”
Flores was the first Latino quarterback to win a Super Bowl ring and the first minority head coach to win a Lombardi Trophy.
Flores and Mike Ditka are the only people in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Flores, who lives in Indian Wells, won Super Bowl IV as a player for the Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl XI as an assistant coach of the Oakland Raiders, and Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII as coach of the Raiders.
Flores was the Raiders’ coach from 1979-87 and coached the Seattle Seahawks from 1992-94. He was the analyst on the Raiders’ radio broadcasts from 1997-2018.
As the finalist in the coach category, Flores needed to receive the required 80% minimum positive vote from the 48-member Selection Committee at its virtual meeting Jan. 19 to be elected to the Hall of Fame. The announcement of the Hall of Fame’s eight-member Class of 2021 was made on the “NFL Honors” special that aired Saturday night on CBS.
The Modern Era players selected were Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, Charles Woodson, John Lynch and Alan Faneca. Manning, Johnson and Woodson were each selected in their first year of eligibility, Faneca in his sixth and Lynch in his ninth.
Drew Pearson, a receiver with the Dallas Cowboys from 1973-83, was selected from the senior category. Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers scout and personnel executive Bill Nunn was selected in the contributor category.
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