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American Football Association Newsletter
June 2012                                                       June 09, 2012 - Vol 6, Issue 2

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Hall of Fame Weekend A Success
AFA News & Media Clips
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American Football Association Announces Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame - Class of 2012

The American Football Association's Hall of Fame selection committee has completed its annual task of reviewing personal profiles of qualified individuals nominated for induction into the Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame as the "Class of 2012". Information submitted by HOF alumni and subsequent review by the selection committee resulted in the selection of 18 people for enshrinement this year.


This year's group of Hall of Famers will be enshrined as the "Class of 2012" during the AFA's 32nd Annual Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton, Ohio 44708. The Induction Dinner will be part of a 2 day event for the AFA National Association, which will run from Thursday, June 28th thru Friday, June 29th. There will be a special acknowledgement this year of all inductees from the 1980s & 1990s as well. 


Events Scheduled: 

-Sports & Celebrity Memorabilia Auction

-Annual AFA/HoF Legends - meet the new inductees "Alumni Huddle Cocktail Party - 7pm Thursday, June 28th (Special Guest - Don Jonas, Class of 1983)

-AFA Board of Directors Meeting (closed) - 10am Friday, June 29th

-Pro Football Hall of Fame Tours at your leisure

-32nd Annual AFA Semi Pro Hall of Fame Induction Dinner - (Cocktails 6pm) 7pm Dinner Friday, June 29th.


This year 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 form below to make a donation/become a sponsor... or use our social media link


National Media Release:


Photo Gallery 2011 Hall of Fame Inductions:


AFA News & Media Clips
This year we are very proud to announce that Don Jonas, AFA Hall of Fame Class of 1983 will be joining us at Thursday's Huddle Cocktail Party to share some of his experiences!



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... -  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..... 


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.

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 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   


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......

AFA Membership Programs


2012 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. 
Membership packages are on their way to all active members loaded with fulfillment items!

2012 AFA Team & League Membership 
Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2012 season. We are proud to have the Elite Football Association, Empire, National Public Safety, Mason Dixon and, Ironman Football Leagues as members. 

The annual membership fee to join the AFA remains $100 "per team" which provides a benefit package that is easily 10x this fee. Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking:


AFA Advertising In NFL Yearbooks


As we continue to grow our visibility/presence and building upon our successful ad placements over the last two years in USA TODAY's Special Commemorative Super Bowl Previews and several NFL Yearbooks, we are expanding this opportunity for our member teams and sponsors. If you are interested in this opportunity for your organization or sponsors, please contact us at


Also planned this season is an ad listing this year's AFA Hall of Fame Class of 2012 in the NFL Yearbooks associated with their hometown markets.


These NFL Yearbooks are available for purchase at NFL games and on news stands during the NFL season. Stay tuned for our NFL Game Ticket Raffle !!!!


American Football Association Benefits, Inc 

The America Football Association recently established major partnerships with insurance companies to make comprehensive coverage products available for all AFA Alumni. AFA Alumni and where applicable their spouses and dependents, can now apply for insurance at competitive group rates. 

It's now easy to join the AFA and apply for affordable insurance coverage with a special discount for being an AFA Alumni. For more info, please call 877-624-4485 or email

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About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 32nd year of operation and is dedicated to the advancement of adult (semi-pro) football from coast-to-coast. Our slogan is Semi Pro & ProudĀ®. We are not affiliated with any other national semi-pro/minor league organization (Minor League Football News, American Football News Today, American Football Hall of Fame, Minor Pro Hall of Fame, etc). The AFA, Hall of Fame, American Football News™ and AFA logo design are registered trademarks of the American Football Association. All other AFA-related trademarks are trademarks of the American Football Association.
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