CANTON, Ohio (KLAS) – Raiders greats Charles Woodson and Tom Flores will receive their iconic gold jackets Friday night before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend in Canton, Ohio.
Woodson and Flores are part of a star-studded class of former NFL players and coaches.
Woodson, who spent two stints with the Raiders (1998-2005, 2013-2015) said his memories with the Raiders live on, even as he remembers those who couldn’t be there for the ceremony this weekend.
“To me it was really all about the relationships and the guys I was able to play alongside out there,” said Woodson Friday. “The only thing I’m missing here is Willie Brown. I remember being on the sidelines and he would always leave and come to Hall of Fame this time of year during training camp, then he’d come back and tell me about it and say ‘Charles, I can’t wait until you go in, I’m going to be right there.’ So I miss Willie Brown this time of year.”
Brown, a 1984 inductee to the Hall of Fame who won three Super Bowls in 12 years with the Raiders, passed way in 2019 at age 78.
“To put that jacket on and to really be solidified amongst all these greats, it’s been a great ride,” said Woodson.
Flores, who was an assistant for one and head coach for two Raiders Super Bowl victories, will also be inducted this weekend. Flores, 84, led the Raiders for nine seasons and the Seattle Seahawks for three.
Woodson and Flores will give their respective speeches Sunday. On Saturday, the class of 2020 will get inducted as well. Enshrinement week was canceled last year because of the pandemic.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021:
|Peyton Manning||Quarterback||Broncos, Colts|
|Calvin Johnson||Wide receiver||Lions|
|Charles Woodson||Safety||Raiders, Packers|
|John Lynch||Safety||Buccarneers, Broncos|
|Alan Faneca||Guard||Steelers, Jets Cardinals|
|Drew Pearson||Wide receiver||Cowboys|
|Tom Flores||Coach||Raiders, Seahawks|
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020:
|Steve Atwater||Safety||Broncos, Jets|
|Isaac Bruce||Wide Receiver||Rams, 49ers|
|Harold Carmichael||Wide Receiver||Eagles, Cowboys|
|Jim Covert||Offensive tackle||Bears|
|Bobby Dillon||Defensive back||Packers|
|Winston Hill||Offensive tackle||Jets, Rams|
|Steve Hutchinson||Guard||Seahawks, Vikings, Titans|
|Edgerrin James||Running Back||Colts, Cardinals, Seahawks|
|Alex Karras||Defensive tackle||Lions|
|Donnie Shell||Defensive back||Steelers|
|Duke Slater||Tackle||Badgers, Independents, Cardinals|
|Jimmy Johnson||Coach||Cowboys, Dolphins|
|George Young||General Manager||Giants|
|Paul Tagliabue||NFL Commissioner||—|
|Steve Sabol||Founder of NFL Films||—|