Thursday, November 24, 2011

Legendary Twice Super Bowl Winning Coach, Tom Flores, finally has been added to the NFL Hall of Fame "Finalists" list! We Need Your Help!

The following article was posted by Joe Ortiz on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 12:48 AM, after legendary Latino football player and twice "Super Bowl" winning coach was left off the ballot to be inducted into the NFL's Hall of Fame. Since then, Tom made the list of the "finalists" for the 2013 National Football League's Hall of Fame.

We are asking for your help to contact the voters (see email addresses after the article) to encourage them to vote for Tom. We are re-posting this article because its message still holds true today.

He has FOUR Super Bowl Championship rings; one as a player, one as an assistant coach (under John Madden) and twice as head coach for the World Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders.

But, that's not enough to convince the voters to consider inducting the first Mexican American quarterback and head coach in pro football, as well as the first General Manager of a professional football team (with the Seattle Seahawks), among many other accomplishments to be so honored.

Tom Flores has distinguished himself in the pro-football community as few have (much less the fact he is a Latino) in the last 51 years, and still going strong as a color commentator for the Oakland Raiders Radio Network. He is already a member of the California Sports Hall of Fame and the old American Football (and holds several records as a quarterback in that fledgling) league that reached such profound football greatness it had to be considered legitimate enough in the course of its play that it caused having to merge with the established league. Had there been no merger football fans would not be enjoying the most significant sporting event in world history, the Super Bowl. How many current inductees in the NFL HOF can present a greater resume?

Flores was recently honored by the National Council of La Raza with the coveted "Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence" in Washington, D.C. That gesture was not based on a public relations ploy by the Mexican American community. It is aware (and it recognized) one individual from within its community that has not only distinguished himself above and beyond the norm, but has surpassed many of the accomplishments from other members of the predominate community with a commitment to excellence rarely experienced.

If nothing else (and we all know there is a certain amount of politics that plays into the minds of the voters) the owners could have made note to the voters that based on the changing demographics, electing a Latino to the Hall of Fame would have been a stroke of public relations genius, which would obviously increase attendance. Obviously, it would have created a more appreciated atmosphere towards a consumer that will soon be the largest paying customer in the sports community.

Look out NFL, the game of soccer (which is favored by Latinos more than pro football) is rearing its ugly head.
Oh well!

[Click this link to see Tom Flores' acceptance speech. It will make you proud to be an American] 

Also click the following link to see videos of Tom's friends (Jim Plunkett, Carlos Santana, Greg Papa and others) who share why Tom should be inducted:

The Tom Flores Legacy Page on Facebook

Below are the email addresses of the sports writers and others who cast a vote for future inductees. Please send them all an email in support of Tom Flores, or at least to the voter nearest you.

Thank You!

Joe Ortiz, President

The Official Tom Flores Fan Club

NFL Hall o Fame Voter’s Email List

Arizona - David Casstevens, Arizona Republic
Atlanta - Furman Bisher, The Atlanta Journal
Baltimore - John Steadman, The Baltimore Sun
501 N. Calvert St. Baltimore, MD 21278
Buffalo - Larry Felser, Buffalo News
1-800-777-8610 editorial switchboard
Carolina - Charles Chandler, Charlotte Observer
Chicago - Don Pierson, Chicago Tribune**
Cincinnati - Geoff Hobson, Cincinnati Enquirer
Dallas - Frank Luksa, Dallas Morning News
Denver - Woodrow Paige, Denver Post
Detroit - Jerry Green, The Detroit News**
Green Bay - Mike Bauman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
333 W. State St.  P.O. Box 371, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0371
Indianapolis - John Bansch, Indianapolis Star
Jacksonville - Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV, Jacksonville
Kansas City - Bob Gretz, KCFX Overland Park, KS
Miami - Edwin Pope, Miami Herald
Minnesota - Sid Hartman, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
425 Portland Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55488

New England - Will Macedon, Boston Globe, NBC Sports
New Orleans - Pete Finney, Times-Picayune**
New York (Giants) - Vinny DiTrani, Bergen Record
New York (Jets) - Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated
1271 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Or you may fax him at 212-522-4543.
Oakland - Frank Cooney, Fox Sports**
Philadelphia - Mike Rathet, Philadelphia Daily News
Pittsburgh - Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Voice Mail - 1-412-263-3878
St. Louis - Bob Oates, Los Angeles Times**
San Diego - Jerry Magee, San Diego Union Tribune
San Francisco - Ira Miller, San Francisco Chronicle
Seattle -  John Clayton, ESPN/ESPN Magazine
Tampa Bay - Tom McEwen, Tampa Tribune
Tennessee - John McClain, Houston Chronicle**
Washington - Len Shapiro, Washington Post
leave voice mail is best - (202) 334-5002
PFWA - Steve Schoenfeld, Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
At Large - Jarrett Bell, USA Today**
At Large - Dave Goldberg, Associated Press**
At Large - Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer
At Large - Peter King, Sports Illustrated
1271 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Or you may fax him at 212-522-4543.
At Large - Mike Wilbon, Washington Post

We still need 8 good contact email addresses or phone numbers to call to complete the list. If it's marked with **,we need it.
We are in the process of completing this list. We need your help! We do not have every voters contact information. If you can assist, we can surely use your help! Thank You! We need an email address to them or where they work, a number to call and/or an address to mail them letter. Please send it directly to me at Joe.Ortiz9299@Gmail.com.


Tom Flores has earned 4 Super Bowl Championship rings
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  1. I agree - shame, shame, shame!

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