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Tom Flores, AFL/NFL Legend
Thomas R. "Tom" Flores was born on March 21, 1937 in Fresno, California, and is a retired American football quarterback and coach. He is currently a radio announcer for the Oakland Raiders.
Tom Flores graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1958, but was unable to find a job in professional football. He was cut by the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL in 1958, and then by the Washington Redskins of the NFL in 1959.
In 1960 Flores finally landed a position as a quarterback with the American Football League's Oakland Raiders, who began play in 1960 as a charter member of the league.
Flores became the first Hispanic quarterback in American professional football. He became the Raiders' starting quarterback early in the 1960 season. Flores had his most productive season in 1966. Although he completed only 49.3 percent of his attempts, he passed for 2,638 yards and 24 touchdowns in 14 games.
Oakland traded him to the Buffalo Bills in 1967. After serving primarily as a backup, he was released by the Bills and in 1969 signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he was backup to Len Dawson on the Chiefs' World Championship team. He retired as a player after the 1970 season. He was one of only twenty players who were with the AFL for its entire ten-year existence. He is the fifth-leading passer, all-time, in the AFL.
After stints as an assistant coach in Buffalo and Oakland, Flores became the Raiders' head coach in 1979, following John Madden's retirement. Flores guided the Silver and Black to two World Championships of Professional Football - Super Bowl XV, 27-10 over the Philadelphia Eagles; and Super Bowl XVIII, 38-9 over the Washington Redskins. He was instrumental in the rebirth of QB Jim Plunkett's career. Plunkett was at the helm during those Super Bowl wins, and was named Most Valuable player of Super Bowl XV.
Flores, who played quarterback for the Raiders from 1960-61 and 1963-1966, became the first Hispanic head coach in National Football League history in 1979. He was also the first quarterback in Raiders history to throw for 400 yards in a game.
After a 5-10 finish to the 1987 season, Flores moved to the Raiders' front office, but left after just one year to become the president and general manager of the Seattle Seahawks. He returned to coaching as the Seahawks head coach in 1992, but returned to the front office following three disappointing seasons. Flores resigned from the Seahawks in 1994 following Paul Allen's purchase of the Seahawks. Flores left the NFL with a lifetime coaching record of 97-87, as well as an 8-3 playoff record, with two Super Bowl victories. He is the only eligible coach with two such victories, who has not been selected to the pro football hall of fame. Tom Flores can be heard on KSFO (560 AM) during the radio broadcasts of Raiders games. To visit and join the Official Tom Flores Fan Club on MySpace, click or cut and paste the URL address below:
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