Former Raiders head coach Tom Flores’ run to the Pro Football Hall of Fame fell just short Saturday night as his name was not one of the eight names listed by the selection committee for this year’s class.
The class of 2019 includes Tony Gonzalez, Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed, Johnny Robinson, Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt.
Finalists needed 80 percent of the votes from 47 voters to get in.
Flores went 83-53 from 1979 to 1987 and his postseason record speaks for itself, going 8-3 for a .727 winning percentage. The winning percentage is second to just Vince Lombardi for coaches that coached 10 games or more.
Al Davis hired him as the first latino coach in the NFL and he didn’t disappoint, leading the Raiders to two Super Bowl titles. Flores is also just one of two people to win the Super Bowl as a coach, assistant coach and player (Mike Ditka is the other).
It’s been 25 years since Flores was first eligible for enshrinement, and this was the first time he became a finalist. Nonetheless, he’ll have to wait another year with hopes he will finally be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for an incredible career.