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December 4, 2009
Emails advocate Plunkett, Flores for the Hall of Fame

My Thursday column advocating Jim Plunkett and Tom Flores for the Pro Football Hall of Fame generated mostly positive responses. And here I thought I'd get the random racist email or voicemail I usually get when I address race in a story. Thankfully, none...yet. Following, then, the emails I received, with the writers' first names...


- "Good morning - Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your piece yesterday regarding Flores and Plunkett being excluded from the HOF. I couldn't agree more with you ... and I'm not even a Raiders fan (I'm a Jets fan, so go easy on ol' Joe Willie - lol). I especially appreciated your mention of Jerry Tarkanian as well. The fact he isn't in the Basketball HOF is unbelievable. Thanks for the great work, Paul.

Sincerely, Darren


- Thanks for the column on Flores and Plunkett today Paul. You're right on.

While reading it I also thought about how Plunkett came back from the dead after a disastrous start to his pro career with the gawd-awful Patriots.
And then he had a brief try-out and dismissal by the 49ers.

As an old Raiders fan I loved it when he became a winner with the silver and black.



- Your article in today's Bee "Why No Room for Plunkett, Flores?", is dead on the money. Every year when the Hall of Fame Selections start I get sick of/at the unfairness that takes place and in particular when Jim Plumkett and Tom Flores are not properly considered. I would like to think Your article would cause the voters to take more into consideration, but I doubt it...Thanks for mentioning these two truly football greats.


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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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