Flowers began his road to stardom as a standout basketball and football player at Lake Taylor high School in Norfolk. During his senior year in 1972, he was the second leading scorer on the Titan basketball team averaging 19 points per game and leading Lake Taylor to the District Championship.
Flowers played football at Norfolk State from 1974-1977 after transferring to NSU from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he played in 1973.With Flowers starting in the Spartan’s secondary, NSU won three CIAA Championships from 1974-76. In addition, he twice was selected to the All-CIAA and All-NAIA teams.
Flowers had a banner year in 1976. The Pittsburgh Courier and the Mutual Black Network each selected Flowers as an All- American. The Associated Press selected him as Honorable-Mention All-American. Breaking tradition by choosing a player from a small college team, the Virginia Beach Sports Club recognized him as the outstanding college football player in Virginia and presented him with the “Virginia Player of the Year” award.