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"Where Semi-Pro/Minor League Football Legends Live Forever"
American Football Association Newsletter
September 20,  2014
Volume 9, Issue 17
In This Issue
AFA Hall of Famer, Kenny Washington Subject of Documentary..."Forgotten Four"

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AFA Hall of Famer, Kenny Washington Subject of Documentary "Forgotten Four" 


The film paints a painful picture of this racial "hell" in America during the 20th century, and it doesn't miss a beat with how it specifically impacted the lives of these men. While Washington became arguably the most talented back in America (at any level) during his time at UCLA, he couldn't play professional football upon graduation, thanks to a "gentleman's agreement" among owners in 1933 that had banned men of color. It wasn't until after the conclusion of World War II that these four even got a chance. Washington, Strode, Motley and Willis took that chance and forever changed the landscape of pro football.  

To view trailer, click here "Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football" premieres on EPIX at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 23.



Gone But Not Forgotten, Fred "Fritz" Fiorelli, AFA Hall of Fame Class of 2007

Fri. Sept. 26th; 11:00-1:00 memorial
Toon Funeral Home
4920 Main St.

Downers Grove, IL 60515
1:30 interment


Gone But Not Forgotten, Gary Shaver, AFA Hall of Fame Class of 1994

Former Empire Football League Commissioner & Pioneer

Gary A. Shaver passed away on August 14, 2014. Born in Oneonta, New York to the late Warren C. and Carmita S. (Reury) Shaver in 1932. Gary was an educator for the New York Division of Corrections. He was also active in the Empire Football League and the Rotary Club. Mr. Shaver's death will be celebrated privately with his family.


Gone But Not Forgotten Joe Wolfe, AFA Hall of Fame Class of 1997

Joseph Morris Wolfe, 72 yrs. of age, at rest August 8, 2014. Beloved husband of Laura Marie nee Lesniak. Dear father of Billy (Deanna) and Gina with Rosalie Russo-Ruggero. Grandfather of Stephanie Ann, Sammy, James Joseph and Jordyn. Brother of Angela (Phil) Warren and the late Mary Mina. And Charlie the Squirrel. 


The AFA recently announced plans to host a men's health program in partnership with Chroma Health Solutions during fourth quarter of this year. The objective of this program is to improve attendees' awareness of the importance of adopting lifestyle choices that address risk factors for CVD or diabetes, and its complications. Industry experts, testimonials from some famous role models and healthy cooking demos will be provided. Stay tuned.....


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

Right now with the increase in car sales, dealers are low-balling the value of trade-ins. Before you head to the dealer, plan on donating your vehicle to the AFA. Generally the value you will receive for your donation will meet or exceed what you're given for the trade-in. Donating is easy. Call 855-500-7433 seven days a week or donate securely online at:


 AFA Partners with HeartSine


Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is by far the leading killer of adults in the world.  In fact, if you tallied up ALL the other leading causes of death from the common cancers, traumas and diseases, it would not reach the 350,000 deaths in the US each year caused by SCA.    

The American Football Association recently partnered with HeartSine, a world leader in the AED space, to bring this life saving technology to the sidelines for football teams. Player safety is one of the pillars of the AFA's mission and as a result, we are providing this new program to teams, specifically AFA members.  


AFA Announces SaveAround Discount Coupons

What is SaveAround? Every day SaveAround presents you with the very best savings at fine establishments in your area. We're able to do this by guaranteeing participating merchants a minimum number of customers. Your purchase is combined with others and the resulting volume purchase is a form of "mutual funding". Every active AFA Alumni will receive an AFA branded coupon as part of their fulfillment package.   

To purchase additional coupons for your team fund raisers, just click AFA SaveAround Coupon


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. 


13) When I retired, due to a bad knee injury, I was the man at my position and am in the NFL HOF.  I coached at least 12 years at various levels minor league/semi-pro football winning 4 championships. I would've liked to coach in the NFL, but was never asked.

 Research provided by AFA Historian, Steve Brainerd 


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

Starting at the Bottom - Hundreds of Minor League Players Made it to the NFL

The appearance of the WLAF has spawned a new interest in the possibilty of a farm system for the NFL. But some nagging doubts remain: Don't the colleges prepare players for the NFL? Would a minor league produce enough players to justify its existence?........  


It's Now Official - the American Football Association Now Offers AFLAC - 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)

ESPN Outside the Lines: 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...... 


- 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. 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  and bid on a travel package to next year's Super Bowl!

Donating items to our auction catalog is also a great way to support our fundraising auction effort. We appreciate any items you donate as well as any items you round up and submit on behalf of other donors.


 AFA Marketplace: AFA logo merchandise is now available by clicking


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 Jostens does that for us!

AFA News & Media Clips  
Jim Anastasia played for the Watertown Red & Black from 1973 to 1976. The offensive lineman always wanted one more play.
Anastasia wanted to take care of some unfinished business, to walk off the field a winner. And at age 65, he had a chance to do just that in a Red & Black game against Plattsburgh.

Concussions are hands down the biggest topic in the sports industry right now. Although there are seven sports that are clearly identified as high risk concussion sports, this injury has not boundaries and it being seen more frequently.  One of the main sports where concussions are arising is in tackle football. 
We have created an easy to follow risk management infographic for your review and distribution on how to prevent concussions and what to do if they do happen - Concussion Risk Management Made Simple (Infographic).  

Mariners comeback falls short

HTR Media10:01 p.m. CDT September 14, 2014

The Manitowoc County Mariners amateur football team's late comeback bid fell just short in a 21-19 loss to Sheboygan in a Wisconsin State Football League game on Saturday.

Trailing 21-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the game, the Mariners scored 19 unanswered points..................

AFA Membership ProgramTo Kickoff 2015  In Fourth Quarter 
To get a head start on our 2015 Membership Campaign, and upon recommendation from our fulfillment advisors, membership solicitations will go out starting October 2014. Any individuals, teams/leagues joining the organization during this timeframe will automatically become active members for 2015. Just click AFA Alumni Membership or AFA Team/League Membership

Seahawks Tackling
The Seahawks coaching staff led by Defensive Passing Game Coordinator Rocky Seto has produced an instructional video to educate coaches, players and fans outside of the organization about the team's methods of tackling. The philosophy takes the head out of the play and increases safety, all while maintaining the toughness and physicality that makes the game great. NOTE: Like any athletic activity, no tackling technique can completely eliminate the risk of injury.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley goes to bat for coach Clay Hampton and the Blazing Hawks football team Charleston Mayor Joe Riley was moved by the story of how long-time coach and community activist Clay Hampton lost his home - and most of the equipment belonging to the Charleston Blazing Hawks semi-pro football team - to a devastating fire in March. Riley thinks the rest of the Charleston community will be just as moved........ 


From the Archives, Pottstown Firebirds Videos (click links to view)  History of the Pottstown Firebirds -


CharityMania Fundraisers is the Official Fundraising Partner for the American Football Association (AFA). 
Football season is almost here!  Does your team have all the money it needs to run a safe and successful program this year?  If not, our fundraisers can help!  Our FootballMania fundraisers are the perfect fit for your AFA team. 
Our offer to you!  We are giving each AFA team 200 tickets for FREE to get started! Sell all 200 tickets and your organization will make $2800 in profit. Need to raise more money? No problem! Simply order more tickets and you will be on your way.  It's that simple!  
Just click on the signup link below to get started and enter the promo code "AFA2014" during the signup process. Signup at:


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 
2015 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 contains a SaveAround discount savings card 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 2015 AFA Team & League Membership Applications Team Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2015 season. We are proud to have the National Public Safety, Empire Football, Ironman Football, Mason Dixon Football, Southern Plains Football and American Public Safety 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   or pay online


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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