With the first day of training camp under his belt, new signee Sandy Lederman was undaunted by his competition at quarterback.
“If I get a good shot at the job,” he said,” I’m sure I can throw better than anyone in camp. I played against (Paul) Larson when he was at Cal and I figure I’m a better passer. I’m not just bragging. Paul is a great athlete, but he is more a halfback than a thrower. He runs a team real well and had a flair for signal calling, but when it comes to passing, and that is the big thing in the pros, I figure I have an edge. I don’t know too much about (Tom) Flores, but from what I saw in that first drill he can really wing that ball.
Read more “July 12, 1960”
The Raiders announced the signing of ex-Pacific signal-caller Tom Flores. Flores, who spent time in training camp with the Washington Redskins in 1958 before being cut, played a few games with the CFLs Calgary Stampeders before a recurring shoulder injury finally sent him packing for good.
While at Pacific he had finished fourth in the country in total offense as a junior in 1956 and sixth in passing his senior year with the Tigers and Erdelatz called him early in 1960 to see if he wanted to give pro football one more go. According to Erdelatz, Flores was reluctant to try again, but the Raider coach suggested some exercises to try. Persuaded, he worked hard to rebuild his strength and when backfield coach Ernie Jorge saw him at a Pacific alumni game in the spring, he was impressed and Jorge convinced Erdelatz to sign him. His shoulder was reportedly now in great shape and Flores, at 6’1” and 190 lbs., was immediately the biggest quarterback on the Raider roster in both size and esteem.
The team released updated season ticket information, saying the total sold was now 7,900, but the estimate for the total season sales was now revised downward to 10,000 to 12,000.