The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 is already taking shape, and there’s a Seattle Seahawks connection.
On Tuesday it was announced that former Seahawks head coach Tom Flores and legendary Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson have been nominated by the senior committee. Flores was the lone coach nominee, while Pearson was the lone player nominee, which makes induction into Canton a formality.
Flores was the NFL’s first Hispanic head coach and is best known for guiding the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders to two Super Bowl wins. He also earned a ring as Oakland’s wide receivers coach in the 1970s, when John Madden was the head coach. His 83 regular season wins ranks second behind Madden on the Raiders’ all-time wins list.
Of course, Flores replaced Chuck Knox in Seattle during the early 1990s and those were three seasons that fans have worked really hard to forget existed. In fairness, you try winning more than 14 games out of 48 with Stan Gelbaugh, Dan McGwire, Kelly Stouffer, and Rick Mirer as your quarterbacks.
After his firing, Flores returned to the Raiders as a radio broadcaster from 1997 until 2018.
His disastrous tenure in Seattle aside, Flores is a very important part of NFL history and it’s surprising that it took this long for him to get into the HOF.
The full Class of 2021 will be announced the day before the Super Bowl... you know, if we have one.