Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Valley Legend Tom Flores Gets Another Shot at Hall of Fame
gvw_ap_news
By Associated Press
Published 4 years ago on
August 18, 2020

Share

Two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Tom Flores has again been nominated for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Flores and standout wide receiver Drew Pearson were named Tuesday as finalists for the Hall’s class of 2021.

A Sanger native and the first Hispanic coach in the NFL, Flores was nominated in the new coaches category.  Pearson is a senior nominee.

Super Bowl Victories in ’81 and ’84

Flores had a 105-90 career record with the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. He took the Raiders to Super Bowl victories in 1981 and 1984.

In nine seasons with the Raiders, Flores won 91 games against 56 losses (.619 percentage), including a record of 8-3 (.727) in the playoffs. His career wins total trails only Hall of Famer John Madden in franchise history.

“It seems to have lasted a lifetime,” Flores said of the nominating process, “and hopefully it will happen for real. I’m excited by it and everything.”

An undrafted free agent, Pearson played his entire 11-year career with the Cowboys, making three All-Pro teams. He has 489 receptions for 7,822 yards (16 yards per catch). A member of the All-Decade Team of the 1970s, Pearson played in 22 playoff games, making 68 catches and scoring eight touchdowns. The 1977 Cowboys won the championship, with Pearson leading the NFL in receiving yards (870) that season.

Both Flores and Pearson will be considered for induction at the hall’s selection committee meeting the day before the Super Bowl. To be elected, each must receive 80% of the 48-member votes.

Pearson Remembered for Catching Original ‘Hail Mary’ Pass

“Thank you for the call. You made my day, and you made my life,” an emotional Pearson said near the end of a call from Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker on Tuesday. “How can I thank you? I’m crying, and I haven’t cried in a long time. Happy tears. I’ve been waiting for this call for so long.”

Pearson also is remembered for making the long touchdown catch in a playoff game against Minnesota that was dubbed a “Hail Mary” by quarterback Roger Staubach. Clearly, that term has stuck with such passes.

A total of 18 finalists will be considered: Flores, Pearson, a contributor (to be nominated Aug. 25), and 15 modern-era players to be determined later this year and in January.

The Class of 2021 will be formally enshrined on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 enshrinements were delayed until next year. That includes a special Centennial Class, plus the regular class of 2020.

Next summer, the entire 2020 group also will be inducted. They are players Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Harold Carmichael, Jimbo Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Alex Karras, Troy Polamalu, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle; coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson; and contributors Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue and George Young.

DON'T MISS

Does Dyer Support (or Endorse) Bredefeld for Supervisor?

DON'T MISS

Get a 3D First Look at Merced’s High-Speed Rail Station Design

DON'T MISS

California Court to Decide on Transgender Ballot Measure Wording

DON'T MISS

Rare House Vote Sees Ukraine, Israel Aid Advance as Democrats Join Republicans

DON'T MISS

Full Jury and 6 Alternates Seated in Trump’s Hush Money Trial

DON'T MISS

Wired Wednesday: How High Will the Price of Gold & Silver Go?

DON'T MISS

How 4/20 Grew From Humble Roots to Marijuana’s High Holiday

DON'T MISS

Taylor Swift Drops 15 New Songs on Double Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’

DON'T MISS

Lamborghini’s Race Evolution: From Tractors to the Track

DON'T MISS

Biden Administration Restricts Oil and Gas Leasing in 13 Million Acres of Alaska’s Petroleum Reserve

UP NEXT

Rare House Vote Sees Ukraine, Israel Aid Advance as Democrats Join Republicans

UP NEXT

Full Jury and 6 Alternates Seated in Trump’s Hush Money Trial

UP NEXT

How 4/20 Grew From Humble Roots to Marijuana’s High Holiday

UP NEXT

Logan Webb’s Seven Dominant Innings Help Giants Blank Diamondbacks

UP NEXT

49ers to Pick 1st Round for First Time Since 2021

UP NEXT

Abandoned Pup LB Finds Hope and Healing. He’s Available for Adoption at Mell’s Mutts.

UP NEXT

$11M State Grant Will Help Fresno’s Emergency Shelter Beds, Mental Health Services

UP NEXT

Did City Council Finally Give New NW Fresno Costco a Green Light?

UP NEXT

Barbara Corcoran: 1% Interest Rate Drop Will Send Housing Prices ‘Through the Roof’

UP NEXT

Cavinder Twins Are Returning to Miami for Their Last Season

Rare House Vote Sees Ukraine, Israel Aid Advance as Democrats Join Republicans

3 hours ago

Full Jury and 6 Alternates Seated in Trump’s Hush Money Trial

3 hours ago

Wired Wednesday: How High Will the Price of Gold & Silver Go?

Video /

4 hours ago

How 4/20 Grew From Humble Roots to Marijuana’s High Holiday

5 hours ago

Taylor Swift Drops 15 New Songs on Double Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’

5 hours ago

Lamborghini’s Race Evolution: From Tractors to the Track

5 hours ago

Biden Administration Restricts Oil and Gas Leasing in 13 Million Acres of Alaska’s Petroleum Reserve

5 hours ago

Logan Webb’s Seven Dominant Innings Help Giants Blank Diamondbacks

5 hours ago

San Francisco Mayor Announces the City Will Receive Pandas from China

5 hours ago

49ers to Pick 1st Round for First Time Since 2021

5 hours ago

Does Dyer Support (or Endorse) Bredefeld for Supervisor?

Is Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer mincing words about a Fresno County supervisorial race? Tuesday, Dyer appeared at a fundraiser for Garry Bredefel...

4 mins ago

4 mins ago

Does Dyer Support (or Endorse) Bredefeld for Supervisor?

1 hour ago

Get a 3D First Look at Merced’s High-Speed Rail Station Design

1 hour ago

California Court to Decide on Transgender Ballot Measure Wording

3 hours ago

Rare House Vote Sees Ukraine, Israel Aid Advance as Democrats Join Republicans

3 hours ago

Full Jury and 6 Alternates Seated in Trump’s Hush Money Trial

Video /
4 hours ago

Wired Wednesday: How High Will the Price of Gold & Silver Go?

5 hours ago

How 4/20 Grew From Humble Roots to Marijuana’s High Holiday

5 hours ago

Taylor Swift Drops 15 New Songs on Double Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend