Imagine waiting more than two decades after you’re eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to be elected.
Raider Nation is backing you up and waiting for Canton to call your name up to the stage, to join the all-time greats in football history.
Yet, year after year, you don’t hear your name. You’re wondering, was I not as good as I thought?
That was Tom Flores for 22 years.
Flores was eligible for the Hall of Fame before I was born, yet it took him until I started paying my own bills for him be voted into the Hall of Fame.
So of course, the knock on the door one Sunday from the President David Baker of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and suddenly Flores sees Baker and Raiders owner Mark Davis.
Flores' wife said the last time she saw Baker, it was to notify him that Flores didn’t make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
This time, it was different.
The Raiders uploaded the full interaction when Flores found out that he was selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The video can be found here.
Flores's entire career, from playing on the field, from coaching on the sidelines, from the legacy he made with Raider Nation, all comes full circle when he by joins the all-time greats in Canton.
Not only is Flores' “life complete now” but he also emphasized that he didn’t do it but Raider Nation did it.
Flores's legacy will be forever remembered by generations to come.
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