Don Jonas may have been the greatest all-around athlete to come out of the city of Scranton. Quarterback, running back, receiver, pitcher, catcher, shooting guard, kicker: Jonas played them all and played them all well. He was drafted in 32nd round by the New York Titans of the AFL and in the 14th round by the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1962, he played one games with the Eagles and was cut. He never got another chance to play in the NFL again.
Don then went to Harrisburg of the Atlantic Coast Professional Football League. There Don did it all: running back, receiver, quarterback and kicker. He started the year at Flanker and caught 20 passes and 5 touchdowns in his first five games. Then the Capitals starting QB and back-up were injured. Jonas filled in. Don just missed leading the ACFL in completions (trailing by five) and passing yards (by 64), finished 10th in the league in rushing, led the league in field goals and was first in total yards. Don won the league MVP for his efforts.
Don Jonas became University of Central Florida's first head football coach on a volunteer basis in 1979. UCF finished the season 6-2, and sets an NCAA Division III record for attendance with an average of 11,240 in what was then known as the Tangerine Bowl. It was a very successful first season. Don coached for 2 more years before retiring. His final record as a coach was 14-12-1.
Outsiders II: Minor League and Independent Football 1951-1985
By Bob Gill (Author), Tod Maher (Author), Steve Brainerd (Author)
At last year's induction event I briefly mentioned this book and the fact that not only is it authored by some of our Hall of Famers but also prominently features several AFA Hall of Fame members. They were ...........
-Greg Hare Class of 1990
-Claude Watts Class of 1981 (page 543)
-Ray Stanton Class of 1983
-Don Jonas Class of 1983 (page 541)
-Joe Hightower Class of 1984
-Prince Hearns Class of 1986
-Steve Brainerd Class of 1987
-Neal Anderson Class of 1998 (page 130)
-Jerry Schropp Class of 2008 ( page 125)
-Joe Wolfe Class of 1997
-Chazzie Brown Class of 2010 (page 118)
-John Rogan Class of 2011
-Arlie Beau Jarrell Class of 2011 (page 146)
-Chuck McElligott Class of 1999 ( page 41)
Make sure you get a copy of "Outsiders II: Minor League and Independent Football 1951-1985"
and have our Hall of Famers autograph their page in this book at our hall of fame event.
1965-1969 Continental Football League
Dennis Kuno has created a website about the third league of major professional football of the 1960's, the 1965-1969 Continental Football League. There is even video from back in the day of Don Jonas #13, the highest scoring QB in pro football history, Claude Watts and, Leon Mavity of the Continental Football League; all AFA Hall of Famers. For video just click.......
Baltimore Burn @ Binghamton Tiger Cats
The Baltimore Burn recently defeated the Binghamton Tiger Cats 76 -0; both are AFA Member Teams from the Women's Spring Football League (WSFL). This was a great contest featuring some great athletes...
PallTimes.com - Jun 4, 2012
Syracuse is one of nine teams competing in the Empire Football League, which has been in existence for over 40 years. The EFL also includes New York entries Albany, Amsterdam, Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, Rochester, and Watertown, in addition to ...
Syracuse New Times - Jun 6, 2012
Despite its semiprofessional status, this football team expects to win, and with good reason. The 2011 Shock went 10-0 in Empire Football League (EFL) play, scoring 348 points for the duration of the season. By contrast, its opponents averaged less ...
PHILADELPHIA, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The master complaint in the multidistrict litigation against the National Football League (NFL) was filed today on behalf of all former players, alleging that the NFL had a duty to acknowledge and ...
American Football Association Hall of Fame Listing
We have gotten a lot of requests from folks confused about membership in the AFA's Hall of Fame recently. We've even encountered an altered/doctored press release listing someone we've never heard of in an attempt to purchase our ring. It appears that after 32 years, a few folks are still a bit confused regarding hall of fame membership. As a result, we have edited and published a more readable copy of our inductees from day one at.....
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.
AFA Alumni Jackets are now available
..........the only difference between this jacket and the Hall of Fame Jacket above is the AFA Alumni logo on the back vice HoF logo. If interested in placing an order, request an order form via email to
....because of the positive feedback from last year's Hall of Fame banquet, we are now making Hall of Fame Blazers available to all current hall of fame members. Please email email@example.com if you are interested. Blazer logo patches are also available upon request. Note: Hall of Fame Patches are available upon request for those who would like to update their favorite blazer with this memorable item @$15. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org........
Wilson NFL Footballs... New Wilson Footballs are now in stock. The price is $65/ball or $390 per case for new balls plus $20 shipping and handling for a total of $410 per case of six...
AFA Broadcast Channel Goes Live
The AFA's live broadcast channel capability for video webcasts is now available for PCs, iPads and, Smartphones. Checkout the current feature 115 Years of the Watertown Red & Black by clicking
Other featured video includes weekly vintage and live video webcasts of events such as the Pottstown Firebirds Super Bowl Special, Kalamazoo Tornadoes AFA Championship, Past AFA Hall of Fame Inductions, AFA Member Game Broadcasts and special announcements. These weekly broadcast will accessible directly from our website and in additional to performances by some of our hall of famers, will also feature AFA sponsors. These broadcasts can also be accessed at......