The Las Vegas Raiders saw two of their brightest stars inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past weekend, making it a Silver and Black event.
Hall of Fame weekend is officially in the books, and it was a special one for the Las Vegas Raiders franchise. The organization was able to celebrate two of their brightest stars that had yet to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, as Tom Flores and Charles Woodson took their place among the immortals.
It was a completely different journey for the two stars, as Flores had to wait forever to get in, and Woodson made it in on the first ballot. Both men had legendary contributions to the game, and having them both get in the same weekend, really made Hall of Fame Weekend a Silver and Black event.
In fact, our own Kenny King Jr. was in Canton with his father, Kenny King, and he will be writing a feature bringing our readers behind the curtain later this week. Overall, it was a weekend that all of Raider Nation can be proud of, and for the two men, their wait is over.
Raiders legends dominate Hall of Fame weekend
You cannot write the history of the NFL without Flores, who is one of only two people to win a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. Flores also was a trailblazer, being the first Mexican to win a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback, and the first minority head coach to get a ring as well.
The fact that he had to wait so many years to get in, and have to be enshrined as an old man, is a travesty, but we do not want to take away from his special moment. Thankfully, Flores got in before it was too late for him to enjoy the moment, something that has happened to Raiders legends in the past, and something that could still happen to Cliff Branch.
Woodson spent his NFL career with the Raiders, the team that drafted him, and the Green Bay Packers, the team he won a ring with. Beginning and ending his career makes him a Raider in my book, and while Packers fans love to stake claim to him earning his Gold Jacket while playing for them, him holding up the ‘O’ after his final home game inside the Coliseum is the way I will remember him.
The Las Vegas Raiders brought Nelson Agholor on a prove-it deal last offseason, and he did all of that and more, playing his way out of Las Vegas.
Two men, two different journeys, but one destination…immortality.