Wednesday, June 29, 2011

AFA 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Slide Show

Sunday, June 26, 2011

AFA Hall of Fame Induction Video Is Live

Video for the AFA's 2011 Hall of Fame Inductions is now available for viewing at

Sunday, June 19, 2011

AFA Newsletter June 19, 2011 AFA Newsletter June 19, 2011
In This Issue:
• Closes $17.2 Million Funding Round
•   Professional Football Researchers Association
•   AFA Membership Programs
•   AFA News Clips
•   Join Us On Facebook
We are honored to induct NFL Pro Bowler Mike Lewis of the New Orleans Saints into our hall of fame. Mike started his semi pro football career in 1994 with the Kenner City Chiefs and went on to become the New Orleans Saints all-time career leader in punt returns (142) and punt return yardage (1,482). Mike also is currently the team ambassador of the New Orleans Saints. Click here for Mike's bio.......

NFL Pro Bowler Michael Lewis Selected for Induction Into Semi-Pro ...
Jun 14, 2011 ... Recently the American Football Association's Hall of Fame selection committee completed its annual task of reviewing personal profiles of ...

A test broadcast run is scheduled 7pm Sunday, June 19th and will feature a Semi Pro Legend broadcast and also highlight sponsors to date. Just click and make sure you bookmark our site.

As part of our event fundraiser, we are soliciting sponsors and raffle items in advance. Sponsors and donors will be acknowledged during our live hall of fame internet broadcast, will be listed in our souvenir program and posted on our event banner. Just click the attached form to make a raffle donation or become a sponsor.

Sports & Celebrity Memorabilia Auction
This year's Hall of Fame activities will feature special items donated by the Green Bay Packers for raffle and a Sports & Celebrity Memorabilia Auction fundraiser. Come prepared to bid and bid often..........available items are listed below:
• Mike Lewis autographed NFL Game jersey (Donated by Mike Lewis)
• Autographed NFL Game football signed by Hall of Famer Charley Taylor (Donated by Willis Whalen)
• Autographed NFL Game football signed by Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett (Donated by Willis Whalen)
• Tom Brady autographed NFL Game Style mini helmet in case w/cert
• Mike Ditka autographed NFL Game jersey w/certificate
• Barry Sanders autographed NFL Game Style football in case w/certificate
• Jerry Rice autographed NFL Game Style full helmet w/certificate
• Terry Bradshaw autographed NFL Game style full helmet w/certificate
• Joe Montana autographed NFL Game football in case w/certificate
• Peyton Manning autographed NFL Game Style jersey w/cert.
• John Elway autographed NFL Game Style jersey in case w/certificate
• Dan Marino autographed NFL Game football in case w/certificate
• Jon Montana autographed NFL Game football w/certificate
• Troy Aikman autographed Game Style full helmet in case w/cert.
• Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary & Brian Urlacher autographed NFL Game Style football in case w/certificate
• White Green Bay Packer 2010 autographed football
• Green Bay Packer mini autographed Clay Matthews helmet

American Football Association
Professional Football Researchers Association
The Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the history of professional football. Formed in 1979, PFRA members include many of the game's foremost historians and writers. The PFRA is also for any fan interested in the history of professional football. The PFRA is incorporated in the state of Connecticut and has 501(c)(3) status as an educational organization with the Internal Revenue Service.

Books - Professional Football Researchers Association
Outsiders II: Minor League and Independent Football 1951-1985 - by Bob Gill, Steve Brainerd and Tod Maher. Following the pattern set with Outsiders I (which covered 1923-1950), this volume covers the independent minor leagues of professional football from 1951 through 1985. Only semipro leagues existed after 1985, and so the two volumes of Outsiders cover the complete history of 20th century football below the National Football League. Many players in these leagues played in the hope that they might get a chance to move up to the NFL and many achieved that dream. This volume contains histories and yearly statistical summaries for the top minor leagues of the period, plus the World Football League, which has a claim to major league status, and the United States Football League, which was clearly a major league. It also includes yearly summaries for the best of the lesser leagues, which featured a good number of interesting players in their own right.

I just finished reviewing this book and was pleasantly surprised to find numerous AFA Hall of Famers mentioned …………
-Claude Watts Class of 1981
-Ray Stanton Class of 1983
-Don Jonas Class of 1983
-Joe Hightower Class of 1984
-Prince Hearns Class of 1986
-Steve Brainerd Class of 1987
-Greg Hare Class of 1990
-Neal Anderson Class of 1998
-Joe Wolfe Class of 1997
-Chazzie Brown Class of 2010
-John Rogan Class of 2011

I suggest that you endorse and support the authors for their work in bringing recognition to our Semi Pro Legends by purchasing this book! We will have this on display during next week's hall of fame induction in Canton.

Professional Football Researchers Association
AFA News Clips
American Football Association Hall of Fame Jackets - Now Available !!!
American Football Association Hall of Fame Jackets - Now Available !!!
We are pleased to announce that AFA Hall of Fame jackets are now available for purchase directly from Chicago Knitting Mills.....and yes, they do have the plus sizes 2X -- 5X! Just send an email to to obtain an order form.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to Keith Ballard, AFA Hall of Fame Class of 2010 for initiating this project; I can tell you he's really excited about his jacket!

Coming soon.......AFA Alumni Jackets

Wilson NFL Footballs
We have just been informed by Wilson that they will no longer sell "blem" footballs.............The good news is that we now stock new Wilson Footballs for $15 more per ball. So instead of $50/ball or $300 per case for blems, the price is now $65/ball or $390 per case for new balls. Shipping and handling remains the same at $20............

Wilson Gulley, Sr. AFA Hall of Fame Class of 2002
Wilson GULLEY, Sr. Wilson Gulley was born October 6, 1937 in Buckner, Arkansas, lived most of his life in Seattle, WA. and passed peacefully at home June 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada in the presence of his wife Katherine married for 52 years and other family and friends.

+ Semi-pro Football HQ Scoreboard
New features at . In the upper right hand corner of our home page is a "Search this Site" button with which you can search 12.5 years of information accumulated for player names, coaches, teams, leagues, etc.
Additionally, you can now view 2010 league champions from the 79 semi-pro football leagues across the USA.
Copyright (c) 1998-2011, Joe Hulsebus


Semi Pro Football Newsfeed Closes $17.2 Million Funding Round
San Francisco, Calif. — June 7, 2011 -, a social lending marketplace that brings together creditworthy borrowers with individual and institutional investors, today announced that it has raised over $17 million in funding from new investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Crosslink Capital. Existing investors Accel Partners, CompuCredit, Omidyar Network, TomorrowVentures, and Volition Capital also participated in the round. The Wall Street Journal recently named Prosper to "The Next Big Thing" list for 2011, which recognizes the 50 most promising venture-backed companies, selected from more than 10,600 U.S.-based companies.$17.2_Million_Funding_Round%0A________

PROSPER (click here)
AFA Membership Programs
2011 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member?
AFA Membership is open to anyone and everyone that, at one time or another, had been (or still is) involved with a semi-pro team and/or league. Semi-Pro Football Alumni Club is co-sponsored by the AFA National Association and the Members of the AFA Hall of Fame Alumni. If you are interested in a 2011 membership application, just click:

2011 AFA Team & League Membership
Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2011 season. The annual membership fee to join the AFA is $100 "per team" which provides a benefit package that is easily 10x this fee. Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking:

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