Wednesday, September 05, 2012

American Football Association Newsletter September 07, 2012

American Football Association Newsletter

August 31, 2012
Volume 6, Issue  7
In This Issue
ESPN Outside the Lines

Football at a Crossroads: "Semi-Pro" Football

AFA President, Dave Burch Participted In ESPN's Outside The Lines Program Segment Discussion On Semipro Football


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Football at a Crossroads: "Semi-Pro" Football

David Burch, Chris Stepp and Kevin Van Valkenburg join "Outside the Lines" to discuss the dangers of average Joes gathering to play what they call "semi-pro" football.


I had the pleasure of being invited by ESPN to participate in a panel discussion August 29th on their Outside The Lines program segment. This program covered the topic "The World of Semi Pro Football. Focusing on who plays and the death of a player in a game........."


Since this program aired, our office has received some very interesting feedback from around the nation. An overwhelming number of responses stated that this segment did not truly reflect the typical semipro/minor league football team. To view the video broadcast, read some of the comments/share your comments, just click here...


Don't forget to forward this to a friend for their feedback also!


We also plan further follow up on this issue/discussion by sending a formal survey out to collect data that will further facilitate improvements to our level of football.


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AFA News & Media Clips  

Study: Brain disease deaths high in NFL veteran 

 (CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A study of former NFL players finds they were unusually prone to dying from degenerative brain disease, the latest indication that repeated blows to the head may cause serious trouble later on.


NFL Donates $30 Million To Concussion Research For Players And Military Members

By Travis Waldron on Sep 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced this morning that the league is donating $30 million to the National Institutes of Health's Neurology Institute to study concussions and related brain injuries in football players and members of the military, two groups who have been the subject of public safety scrutiny in recent years.


Gone But Not Forgotten Doug Brozek

Doug Brozek, 72, Townsend, WI, passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside on Monday, August 6, 2012. He was born on August 22, 1939, in Green Bay.

Doug attended East De Pere High School where he was a star defensive tackle on the football team. He began playing semi-pro football for the Manitowoc Chiefs right out of high school from 1958 - 1970. In 1963, he had a try out for the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi. Although he did not make the final squad, it was a career highlight for Doug. His years as defensive tackle and eventual coach totaled fifteen with the Chiefs. Doug was selected to the former Central States Football League All-League Teams in 1965 and 66, inducted into the Manitowoc Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and was enshrined into the American Football Association's Hall of Fame in 2001.


Antioch's semi-pro football team suspended for sponsorship sales violations

Chicago Daily Herald - Aug 8, 2012

An Antioch semiprofessional football team in its first year has been suspended by the Ironman Football League for violating rules involving sponsorship sales, a league official said Tuesday.

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 Listing 


American Football Association Hall of Fame Jackets - 

Now Available !!!....we are pleased to announce that AFA Hall of  Famejackets 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 Hall of Fame Blazers ....because of the positive feedback from our

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. 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. 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:


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


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 & Proud┬«. 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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