Tom Flores' long wait could be nearing its end.
Flores, the former Raiders coach and the first Hispanic head coach to win a Super Bowl, was selected Tuesday as the lone coach finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 by the Hall of Fame's senior committee.
Flores, 83, needs 80 percent of the vote from the Hall of Fame's 48-member selection committee in order to secure induction when they meet on Feb. 6, 2021 -- a day before Super Bowl LV -- in Tampa, Fla. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain, a member of the committee that named Flores and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson as finalists, tweeted Tuesday that Flores and Pearson are "just about guaranteed" for induction.
Passed over for induction as a modern-era finalist in 2019 and the Hall of Fame's special centennial class earlier this year, Flores is the first coach finalist under the Hall's new voting procedures. Starting with the 2021 class, there will be 15 modern-era player finalists, one coach finalist, one senior finalist and one contributor finalist until the 2024 class' selection.
Flores coached the Raiders in Oakland and Los Angeles from 1979 through '87, finishing his career coaching the Seattle Seahawks from 1992 through '94. He played 106 games in nine seasons in the 1960s, becoming the first Hispanic starting quarterback in professional football. Flores made even more history coaching the Raiders, winning Super Bowls XV and XVIII during nine seasons on the Silver and Black's sideline.
The first minority head coach to win a Super Bowl, Flores' 83 wins with the Raiders are second only to John Madden in franchise history. Of those who have coached at least 10 playoff games, only Vince Lombardi has a higher postseason winning percentage (.900) than Flores (.727).
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Raiders' Tom Flores named coach finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area