Sunday, September 28, 2014

1968 Profile: Tom Flores

No. 16
"As a contrast to the scrambling style of Jack Kemp, Tom Flores is a more conventional drop-back type of passer. But in seven pro seasons, he has yet to develop any consistency, partly because he was held back by injuries, partly because he was always somebody's relief man.
Owner of an outstanding arm that helped him compile 11,635 yards in six years with the Raiders, Tom seemed to be coming into his own in 1966. He finished third among AFL passers with 151 completions in 306 attempts for 2,638 yards, a 49.4 percentage, and 24 touchdown throws. But with the acquisition of Daryle Lamonica from Buffalo, he went in the trade to the Bills.
Tom won the starting job in training camp, then was hurt and his play began to fall off. So once again, he watched the season mostly from the sidelines, hoping next year would be different."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1968

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