Caption – Supervisor V. Manuel Perez meeting incoming Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 member Tom Flores at a scholarship reception at the Indian Wells Rotary Club in February 2020.
RIVERSIDE – As football legend and Riverside County resident Tom Flores enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, August 8, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors is proclaiming the upcoming day of his induction as Tom Flores Day in the County of Riverside.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez brought forward the resolution, approved at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, making August 8 an honorary day in recognition of Tom Flores, who resides in Indian Wells with his wife, Barbara.
“Tom Flores has been waiting for a long time to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for Raider Nation,” said Supervisor Perez. “He is finally receiving his very well deserved recognition. I am proud we are officially making August 8 as Tom Flores Day in honor of Mr. Flores, a legend, trailblazer and role model and a source of pride and inspiration. For what he has done for Raider Nation, Latinos, football overall, and for students with scholarship efforts, we thank him for his good work over the years, he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
Tom Flores called in to the Board of Supervisors meeting, and spoke about his upcoming Hall of Fame induction in Canton, Ohio.
Tom Flores said, “I’m honored that you are recognizing me. I spent a long time waiting for the Hall of Fame to come knocking on my door… I’m sure that next week will be an emotional week because a lot of things going on, including the induction. We get our golden jacket, we get a ring, we get recognition but, most important, we get to go into the Hall of Fame. And once we’re in the Hall of Fame, that is forever. I’d like to think that I made a mark, I did something well, and it’s really an honor to be recognized so much in the Hispanic communities.”
Tom Flores is a four-time Super Bowl champion who has created an outstanding legacy of breaking barriers and opening doors for others. He won Super Bowl rings as a player, as an assistant coach and as a head coach, one of only two people in NFL history with that accomplishment. He was the first Latino starting quarterback in professional football history, the first head coach of color to win a Super Bowl, and the first head coach to take a wild card team to a Super Bowl victory.
Beyond his accomplishments and contributions to the game of football, recognized with the highest career honor of election into the Hall of Fame, the county resolution recognizes Tom Flores’ inspirational story and support of education. Mr. Flores is the son of an immigrant from México who migrated to California’s Central Valley and worked in the fields. Growing up, he and his brother worked in the fields in their youth. Mr. Flores discovered football in junior high and starred at Sanger High before playing college football at the University of the Pacific and later the NFL.
Mr. Flores has been active in community service in the Central Valley, raising nearly $2 million to support education, and has raised college scholarship funds in the Coachella Valley.
The text of the approved resolution is attached.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez represents the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the 4th District is the largest geographical district in the county.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.