The Son of Mexican Field Workers, Flores is the First Minority Head Coach to Win a Superbowl, First Latino Quarterback to Start in the AFL, and First Latino General Manager in the NFL
Tom Flores will receive our Eagle Leadership Award at the 60th Latino Leaders Luncheon Series in Los Angeles on November 14, 2019. We are proud to celebrate Flores for his successful career in the NFL and hear his personal story of obstacles overcome to achieve success.
Tom Flores is the first Latino to start as quarterback in professional football, the first Latino head coach to win a Superbowl and the first Latino general manager in the NFL. Along with Mike Ditka, Tom Flores is the only person to win a Super Bowl as a player, as an assistant coach, and as a head coach. Flores grew up in California’s central valley born to parents from Chihuahua, Mexico. He began his career in the NFL as a quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. Flores inspired Latino players like Raiders Quarterback Jim Plunkett and became a symbol in the Latino community.
Flores told Life Affairs Publications his advice to future leaders is to "Lead, don’t dictate. Lead by speaking in what you believe in, take whatever a leader has given you, and use to your ability what he gave you.”
Flores has been eligible for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for over 30 years but hasn't been inducted. Despite his unmatched track record as a player and coach, four Super Bowl rings, and powerful influence on Latino youth, Flores remains a candidate. The Latino Leaders Network is proud to help uplift and share his incredible personal story and hope to get him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Our stories are powerful and need to be told. Tom Flores is not only a deserving candidate, but a role model for Latino football players like Raiders Quarterback Jim Plunkett and beyond.
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