Flores, who has won four Super Bowl rings; one as a backup quarterback to Len Dawson of the Kansas City Chiefs (1970), one as an assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders (1977) and twice as the victorious head coach of the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders, 1980 and 1985, respectively, was presented the Roberto Clemente sportsman of the year at the NCLR awards ceremonies held in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. The event, was streamed live from the National Council de La Raza web site as part of the organization's four day conference.
Among his many honors, the football field of Sanger High School has been named the Tom Flores Stadium. He has also been inducted into the American Football League's Hall of Fame, as well as the California Sports Hall of Fame, and has been honored by many other institutions including the City of Los Angeles. Flores praised Janet Murgia, President of the NCLR and its board for their historical leadership in advocating for Latinos. Flores who credits his parents (who came from Mexico and worked as sharecroppers during his childhood), said one of the keys to succeeding in America is basically working hard and getting a good education.