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American Football Association Newsletter
July 2012                                                                      July 9, 2012 - Vol 6, Issue 4

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In This Issue
Hall of Fame Weekend A Success
AFA News & Media Clips
AFA Membership Programs
2012 Hall of Fame Dinner Program
Hall of Fame logo

AFA Hosts Successful 32nd Annual Semi-Pro Hall of Fame Inductions


Sign2012 Hall of Fame Dinner Program

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio was the site for the American Football Association's 32nd  Annual Semi-Pro Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Friday June 29th. Eighteen individuals representing semi-pro football teams across the country were enshrined as 'legends' of their level.


This year's semi-pro football enshrinement festivities began on Thursday evening with the annual AFA/HOF Alumni Huddle cocktail party. The "Huddle" provided attending HOF Alumni an opportunity to meet the new group of semi-pro football legends before they were inducted. Don Jonas (Class of 1983) and Steve Moser (Class of 1992) provided inspirational accounts of their semipro football careers.


On Friday evening, the Class of 2012 was honored by AFA Alumni, family and friends as they received their commemorative Semi-Pro Hall of Fame recognition plaques. Alumni attendees from the 1980s and 1990s were also honored. Craig Ochoa (Class of '03) served as MC while former teammates and/or family members presented the new inductees to the dinner crowd. Each inductee provided by very sincere and touching testimony about their backgrounds and careers.


The induction dinner event was also viewed by friends, family and fans around the world via live webcast. During the event we received a phone call from the nephew of an inductee in Okinawa, Japan stating that the webcast was coming through load and clear on his end, on an Android device!


The enshrinement of this year's class of 18 new hall of famers saw the 32-year total number of inductees expand from 653 members to 671 members. Since the inaugural enshrinement in 1981 (including the Class of 2010) the AFA has recognized 384 players; 101 coaches; 85 executives; 29 officials; 23 pioneers; 20 media/historians; 13 trainer/equipment men; 6 associated with youth football; 5 involved with international semi-pro; 4 from the women's level; and even 1 'super fan.'


Webcast video of the 2012 Hall of Fame Inductions can be viewed at: Copies of this video can be obtained by contacting 315-782-8383: Office or 315-783-2171: Cell


AFA 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Photo slideshow can be viewed at:


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2012 Hall of Fame Dinner Program 

 AFA News & Media Clips

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The American Football Coaches Association AFCA Handbook.... 


Watch National Public Safety Football League episodes on Blip

Watch the latest National Public Safety Football League episodes right now on Blip. We offer the best viewing experience of National Public Safety Football ... 


NPSFL National Championship Game: San Diego Enforcers vs - KPBS 

Above: Logo for the National Public Safety Football League. National Championship Football Game between the San Diego Enforcers and FDNY Bravest....


Gazette.Net: Police, firefighters tackle football game
Police, firefighters tackle football game. National Public Safety Football League team, D.C. Generals, comes up short. Raphael Talisman/For The Gazette D.C. ...


Falcons' Hoy to be inducted into semi-pro hall 

Frederick News Post 

"At first, I thought it was a joke," said Hoy, who played for the Frederick Falcons semi-pro football team. "I had no idea there was such a thing as a semi-pro hall of ...

Youthful Greenjackets kick off EFL season

GLENS FALLS -- Turnover is nothing new in semipro football, but the Glens Falls Greenjackets have experienced some wholesale changes since last season, leaving a much younger club this year..... 

Red & Black to host Amsterdam on Saturday night - Jul 6, 2012 

The Watertown Red and Black will host the Amsterdam Zephyrs, an Empire Football League foe, in its final preseason game at 7:30 Saturday night at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.....  



Don Jonas may have been the best football player who never played in the NFL.  Well, make that "never did anything in the NFL" - he was with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1962, but apparently did nothing more than cover kicks.  Anyway, he left no record behind for that season.


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....... 


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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