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"Where Semi-Pro/Minor League Football Legends Live Forever"
American Football Association Newsletter
August 22 
, 2013
Volume 8, Issue  15
In This Issue
New Weekly Feature: Semipro Football History Articles

AFA Announces Monthly Semipro Football Trivia Contest 

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AFA Announces Monthly Semipro Football Trivia Contest

The provider of the first correct response via email will receive a gift from the American Football Association. The 1st person to get 12 correct responses over the next 12 months will receive a free AFA Alumni Membership and fulfillment package.


Congratulations to Rick Sager and Mickey Morris  for being the 1st to respond correctly to our trivia contest last week. Their responses came within an hour after our newsletter went out! Correct answer was Vince Lombardi.....

8/12/2013 10:22:43 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time 
Subj: RE: American Football Association Newsletter August 13, 2013

I believe the answer to the "do you know who I am question #2 " is Vince Lombardi

Rick Sager 


Sent: 8/12/2013 10:22:43 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Quiz

I believe this was Vince Lombardi.

Mickey Morris


#3) Do you know who I am?

I am last the team to win the NFL championship that is no longer in the NFL. When I joined, you didn't get an expansion draft, you got your own players one year at a time. I played minor league football before the NFL and continued to play football after the NFL. Research provided by AFA Historian, Steve Brainerd 


 New Weekly Feature: Semipro Football History Articles By Steven M. Brainerd, AFA Historian


"It's a Great Day, Let's Play Two"

Semipro football has seen a number of interesting occurrences when it comes to games played. Teams have often played Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday (particularly the Seattle Cavaliers) although no one has ever done a weekend triple play, but it might be that it that it is yet to be discovered. Teams have played as many as seven games in a month (in October 1963, the South Boston Chippewas did that.) More about them later.  However no one had ever done what the 1986 Terre Haute Thunder by accident.....

 This Game is Going into Sudden Death

 (click here) 

Overtime didn't just come about to help end the 1958 NFL championship game Minor league football first used it long before the NFL even thought it was necessary.....   


 AFA Hosts Successful 33rd Annual Semi-Pro Hall of Fame Inductions 

Canton, OH (June 29, 2013) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio was the site for the American Football Association's 33rd Annual Semi-Pro Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Friday June 28th. Twenty individuals representing semi-pro football teams across the country were enshrined as 'legends' of their level.  



Webcast archive video of the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction now available

(click here) Copies of this video can be obtained by contacting 315-782-8383: Office or 315-783-2171


AFA 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Photo Slideshow (click here) 


AFA members now have discounted rates for Aflac benefits available to them. Aflac pays you cash and compliments your other benefits if you are hurt! This Accident Plan Pays you cash for services you or a family member may have due to any injury. This plan is perfect for football players needing accident coverage. There are also special opportunities for billing where AFA team owners can pay premiums for their players. Please contact Amy Peters @ 518-331-1309 or email for inquiries and application...AFLAC Brochure (click here)

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...... 

(click here)


- Custom Etched Rosewood Ring Display Box
- Crystal Prism Clock
- Men's Fossil Watch 

Nationwide over 7 million high school students play interscholastic sports and every year ┬╝ of them or a little over 1.7 million graduate.  Almost 400,000 of graduating athletes want to play their sport in college.  If you want toyou're your student recruited, you have to promote them as a STAND OUT ATHLETE in the coach's mind. Just sign on to www.RecruitU2.Com, enroll your student athlete, complete their profile and enter the coupon number AFA2013 and save $50 from the initial service fee.


When you enroll your student athlete ($299) your annual AFA Alumni dues ($25) are waived for that current year savings $75. Enroll now so that COACHES can contact your student athletes before it's too late!


Now Soliciting 2013 AFA Team & League Membership Applications Team Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2013 season. We are proud to have the National Public SafetyEmpire Football Ironman Football Mason Dixon Football  and Wisconsin State Football Leagues as the first leagues to join as members to join for 2013. Click AFA Member Teams to see who else has joined to take advantage of our services.........


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 Team/League Memberships

YAVAY Welcomes the AFA

YAVAY is a comprehensive directory or planning tool that provides a broad, transparent view of the sponsorship landscape for members. Simply put, YAVAY is an online dating service for the sponsorship industry. YAVAY is an AFA League Membership Benefit.......


Alumni Membership Fulfillment packages are on the way to recent applicants. Membership remains at $25 per individual and 
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. The Semi-Pro Football Alumni Club is co-sponsored by the AFA National Association and the Members of the AFA Hall of Fame Alumni. Just click AFA Alumni Membership  

AFA Alumni Missing In Action

Please email us if you know the whereabouts of the following: 

William F.




Class of '02

Steven D




Class of '96

Edward D.




Class of '90

Thomas J.




Class of '97





Class of '00





Class of '04





Class of '04





Class of '00





Class of '96





Class of '07





Class of '01





Class of '96

AFA News & Media Clips     
BINGHAMTON,NEW YORK - (JUNE 20, 2013) - Macy's will partner with the American Football Association to invite customers to participate in Macy's eighth annual national "Shop For A Cause" charity shopping event on August 24, 2013. Teams interested in participating in this fund raiser should contact us at
The AFA has just partnered with the CharityMania! to provide fund raiser opportunities to teams and leagues. "CharityMania provides unique sweepstakes fundraisers based on the excitement of professional and college sports. Organizations will sell CharityMania Tickets to raise money and keep 70% as profit.


Our game day media notes for the Saturday, August 24, 2013, home game against the Racine Threat at Historic Horlick Athletic Field in Racine, Wis. are now available. There is a capacity crowd (5,000+) expected at this game. If you plan on coming to cover the game, please contact me in advance so we can make parking arrangements for you. 


Father John Frederick, AFA Hall of Fame Class of 1998

Father John Frederick was recently recognized by the Hawaii Senate for volunteer management and coaching of youth football in Hawaii the past 15 years. He retired from coaching this year. The picture shows senator Mike Gabbard (a strong football supporter) presenting him with the award.  Father John volunteered 20 years of his life managing and coaching Semi Pro Football. He was inducted as a Coach into the AFA's Hall of Fame in 1998. This past April he was consecrated a Vicar Bishop in the Eastern Catholic (orthodox) Church in Hawaii. 


Gone But Not Forgotten Greg Portzline AFA Hall of Fame Class of 1990 - Former semi-professional football players from across the country came to New Comer Funeral Home on Friday to pay their respects to a man who many say changed the game. In 1984 Greg Portzline became the owner of the Syracuse Express. 


Amid Current 'Odd' Crisis, Some Facts About Football - Football periodically faces extinction, but never has the game been enveloped in a crisis as odd as the current one. Just when the game plays safer than at any time in its 144-year history, its critics threaten to make the game history....


Recreation Departments: Facility User Insurance Requirements - Video Explains How Recreation Departments Can Reduce Liability Exposure And Administrative Hassles By Properly Collecting Certificates Of Insurance Every Time!


Heads Up Football - Proper Helmet Fitting - USA Football


A Simple Device to Detect Concussions

The start this month of high school and college football seasons across the country renews concerns about the issue of repeated head impacts and how to manage or, preferably, avoid concussions. Unfortunately, the resources to deal with the problem remain limited. Newly released, state-of-the-art football helmets, for instance, may measure how much force each player's head is absorbing and relay that data via telemetry to trainers on the sidelines, but at $1,500 or so per helmet, they are unattainable for most teams.  


Smart Waiver Offers Easy Electronic Online Waiver Solutions - John Sadler has always been a big believer in the importance of waiver / release agreements as well as electronic commerce. In the past, many sports and recreation organizations opted for online registration...


 Elmhurst Travelers AFA Alumni Club  - Aside from the AFA National Association's concerns for bringing recognition to today's market of semi-pro type teams and leagues - its desire to keep alive the memories of those who were associated with this level of the sport for the past 100 years has come to the forefront in the formation of the AFA's Alumni Clubs. The American Football Association has begun issuing "Charters" to team, regional and state alumni organization who qualify for official Alumni Club status.  (click) Elmhurst Travelers AFA Alumni Club  

PFRA Coffin Corner: Vol. 31, No. 6 (2009) - Semi-Pro or Pro? by Bob Carroll. A great article examining the difference between a semi-pro player and a pro player. 


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.   

Join Professional Football Researchers Association today. 


Vistaprint - Visit our  AFA Vistaprint Marketing Center for Business Cards, Marketing Materials and branded print products.

AFA Initiates Eye Black Partnership


Mouthguard Detects Head Impact In Athletes Despite the medical advancements and spike in concussion awareness during the past few years, the ability to quickly and accurately detect head impact in athletes is severely lacking.


AFA SmartPhone App - The AFA Smartphone App is now available for download at Google 


American Football Association Hall of Fame

We continue to get phone calls and requests from folks confused about membership in the AFA's Hall of Fame. It appears that after 33 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  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.


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 download form, click Wilson NFL Footballs.


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......

Steve Weed Productions. 


AFA Membership Programs 

2013 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. To join Just click  AFA Alumni Membership App.


Lifetime AFA Memberships Now Offered for AFA Hall of Fame Members! Email with your interest.


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 33rd 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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