Ex-Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders coach Tom Flores will wait at least another year to advance in voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Fresno native and Sanger High/Fresno City College alum, who won two Super Bowls as coach and another as an assistant, failed for the eighth time to advance to the semifinal round when the list of 26 players and coaches was announced Wednesday night.
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Ninety-four modern-era nominees included Flores as well as coaches Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Clark Shaughnessy and Dick Vermeil. Johnson and Coryell made the cut.
Players who advanced, in alphabetical order: Morten Anderson, kicker; Steve Atwater, safety; Tony Boselli, offensive tackle; Isaac Bruce, wide receiver; Roger Craig, running back; Terrell Davis, running back; Brian Dawkins, safety; Alan Faneca, guard; Chris Hinton, offensive tackle/guard; Torry Holt, wide receiver; Joe Jacoby, offensive tackle; Edgerrin James, running back; Mike Kenn, offensive tackle; Ty Law, cornerback; John Lynch, safety; Clay Matthews, linebacker; Kevin Mawae, center; Karl Mecklenburg, linebacker; Terrell Owens, wide receiver; Jason Taylor, defensive end; LaDainian Tomlinson, running back; Hines Ward, wide receiver; Kurt Warner, quarterback; and Darren Woodson, safety.
Among the players falling short was ex-Los Angeles Rams, Fresno State and Hoover star receiver Henry Ellard.
Fifteen finalists will be chosen in January before the Class of 2017 is named in February.