TAMPA, Florida. (KGPE) — It’s official. Tom Flores is on his way to Canton to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The announcement became official on Saturday night, the day before Super Bowl 55, during NFL Honors.
Flores, 83, will be elected as the only coaching finalist on the ballot for the class of 2021.
Tom Flores was the first Hispanic head coach to win the Super Bowl. A two-time Super Bowl-winning coach with the Raiders, Flores is one of only two men in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as a player, an assistant coach and as a head coach.
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Nicknamed “The Iceman,” Flores is a native of Sanger and a 1954 graduate of Sanger High School. He then attended Fresno City College, where he played quarterback for the Rams in 1955 and 1956.
In 1981, the football stadium at Sanger High School was renamed “Tom Flores Stadium.” In 1982, Flores was inducted into Pacific’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988, the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and the California Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
The Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence was given to Tom Flores in 2011. And, in 2012, he was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.