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"Where Semi-Pro/Minor League Football Legends Live Forever"
American Football Association Newsletter
April 03,  2014
Volume 9, Issue  1
In This Issue

AFA Announces Monthly Semipro Football Trivia Contest 

Quick Links

Phone: 877-624-4485


Hall of Fame logo               


 AFA Hall of Famer Class of 2004  - DR. DAVID VANEENENAAM TO RECEIVE SMC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Physician Recognition Dinner April 3rd

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center will be hosting its second annual Physician Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 3, 2014.  This will be webcast  live by Steve Weed Productions  


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.


#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.  No one had correct answer from previous newsletter: Providence Steamrollers


#4) Do you know who I am? - I played more than 40 years for at least 12 different west coast semi-pro football teams. However I started my pro career with Toronto Balmy Beach of the Ontario Rugby Football Union.

Research provided by AFA Historian, Steve Brainerd 



It's A Minor Thing


It's Still a Minor Thing 
Semipro football teams have played three games in a week, eight games in a month, two games in a row and even two games on one day. The Seattle Cavaliers played on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in 1963, Friday 11/9 they played and defeated, 33-0, the Whidbey Island All-Stars (a military team). On Saturday they played and lost to the Olympic CC Rangers (18-14) and they wrapped up the weekend beating the Monroe Reformatory Tigers 22 to 6........  


AFA members now have discounted rates for Aflac benefits available to them.  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...... 


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

The AFA's Online Auction Now Open!

The online portion of AFA Monthly Auction is now open. The auction will run from monthly leading up to our live auction at June's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. Proceeds go to American Football Association in order to support annual Hall of Fame Inductions. 
Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, community. Now is your chance to not only get all the great items you want, but to do it knowing you are helping support our organization and mission. Just click: AFA Online Auction


The American Football Association Partners with MultiView

The American Football Association is pleased to announce a new opportunity for you - the chance to advertise your company's products and services directly on the AFA website. 

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about how to feature your company on the AFA websites, please call Jon Smith, Display Advertising Manager, at 972-402-7023. 


Announcing Vehicle Donation Program - Looking for a year end tax deduction? Got an old car you want to get rid of? Just click.....


We recently partnered with SCORE and we suggest that you do so also. The SCORE Association "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association comprised of 13,000+ volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service. Email me if you need help connecting with your local SCORE counselors.

Dave Burch(SCORE Mentor)


American Football Association Hall of Fame We continue to get phone calls about rings and requests from folks confused about membership in the AFA's Hall of Fame. It appears that after 34 years, a few folks still do not understand the AFA's Hall of Fame membership process. As a result, we have edited and published a more readable copy of our prerequisites and inductees from day one at American Football Association Hall of Fame Listing. By the way, we do NOT process hall of fame ring orders; our supplier does that for us!


Note: The 2014 AFA Hall of Fame Inductions are scheduled to be held June 26th - 27th (same date annually) and at the same location as last year, the Pro Football HoF. Official ballots are going out this month with membership fulfillment packages to all 2014 Active AFA Alumni. Nominations will only being accepted on the official ballot and in the defined timeframe. Sponsorships and Donations are now being solicited at on our AFA Auction Site.
AFA News & Media Clips  


DriveSavers The AFA's Administrative Office recently had the unpleasant experience of crashing our hard drive and losing all of the organization's critical business data. After several unsuccessful attempts at recovery, we sent our drive hardware out to DriveSavers; they recovered 100% of our data!!! 
If you ever experience the dreaded "Blue Screen" on your computer, check these folks out before you throw in the towel (or jump off the bridge). Use 28055 to receive a 10% discount commission for successful recoveries and there is no charge if the data is unrecoverable!
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.


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. Checkout the Elmhurst Travelers AFA Alumni Club  

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


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


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.


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 broadcasts can also be accessed at....Steve Weed Productions 


AFA Membership Programs 

2014 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member?

Alumni Membership Fulfillment packages are on the way to recent alumni membership applicants. This year's package will contain

discount savings as well as the Hall of Fame Nomination form. 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 Online Signup or return application card via US Mail..........


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


Coming Soon - AFA Legacy Program/Planned Giving managed via Merrill Lynch. Planned Giving through the American Football Association allows you to align what you love in your life to what you want reflected in your legacy. 


Now Soliciting 2014 AFA Team & League Membership Applications  

Team Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2014 season. We are proud to have the National Public Safety, Empire Football, Ironman Football  and Mason Dixon Football Leagues as the first leagues to join as members to join for 2014. When entire leagues join they automatically receive an auction fund raiser donation on the AFA's Auction Site. 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


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 34th 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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