"Where Semi-Pro/Minor League Football Legends Live Forever"
American Football Association Newsletter
August 13
, 2013
Volume 8, Issue  14
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 Brian Forston for being the 1st to respond correctly to our trivia contest last month. His response came within an hour after our newsletter went out!

From: brianforston54@hotmail.com 
To: amerfoot@aol.com 
Sent: 7/28/2013 9:27:17 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time 
Subj: Re: American Football Association Newsletter July 30, 2013 

Otis Sistrunk

Submitted by Brian Forston

On Jul 28, 2013, at 8:20 PM, "American Football Association" <amerfoot@aol.com> wrote:


#2) Do you know who I am?

I was a member of a most famous college offensive line. I got paid more money playing semi-pro football then coaching and teaching in high school. I later coached at my old college and then on to the NFL. I became an NFL head coach and coached the team to it's greatest seasons including numerous titles.

Research provided by AFA Historian, Steve Brainerd 


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


This Game is Going into Sudden Death

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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.


The 1937 American Association championship game matched the Newark Tornadoes against the White Plains Bears.  The game ended in a 3-3 tie.  Newark suggested an extra period to end the game....


 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  amy_peters@us.aflac.com for inquiries and application.....

AFLAC Brochure (click here)

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- 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   




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Final Score: Assassins 32, Stars 20 

Las Vegas, NV - The two time defending GWFL Champion Silver State Assassins took on the St. Louis Stars of the 8FL in the first 8 Man National Championship game to be endorsed by the American Football Association. Special thanks to AFA President, Dave Burch, the Real Family and all AFA Alumni and Hall of Famers who helped the AFA grow to its current state. 



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 amerfoot@aol.com
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.

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 Jim Williams AFA Hall of Fame Class of 1996

From 1974 to 1978, the place to be on a Saturday night was at a Newton Nite Hawks football game at Holland-Paterson Memorial Field or H.A. Lynn Field. The Nite Hawks were a semi-professional football team which called Newton home. One of the founders and former coaches, James (Jim) Fred Williams died on July 21 in Shreveport, La. It was Williams and Newton businessman Jim Foster who founded the team in 1974. "Jim Williams was an army recruiter here in Newton at the time. He served as the team's defensive coordinator the first season then was our head coach the second year," said Stan Allspach, former Nite Hawk player and assistant coach at William Penn University in Oskaloosa.


Pro Football Hall of Fame's Biggest Snub is Former New York Jets' Great Joe ... 

Rant Sports 
Klecko was one of the few players to have played pro football before entering college, as then Temple University head coach Wayne Hardin found him playing for a semi-pro team in Aston, Pa.
Since Klecko wanted to keep his college eligibility, he never accepted pay from the team and drove a truck instead until Hardin recruited him to the Philadelphia school. Before heading off to Temple University for his college career, he actually played semi-pro football, under an assumed name. He played in the Seaboard Football League for the Aston Knights as "Jim Jones" from Poland University, in order to play and ... "How many of you remember playing against this team? I know Chazz Brown & Dave Bonsell of Chambersburg played against him; so did Dave Burch of the Binghamton Jets !" 

Local semi-pro football: Rebels fall at Mariners 

The Sheboygan Press 
The Sheboygan County Rebels suffered their first Wisconsin State Football Leage loss since the 2011 championship game and first regular-season loss since midway through the 2010 season as the host Manitowoc County Mariners defeated them 13-12 on ...



Wilmington Tigers enter eighth season in semi-pro football league ...

The Wilmington Tigers begin their eighth season in the Mason-Dixon League this weekend when the semi-pro football team entertains the Virginia Silverbacks ...


Arbutus Big Red football carries on tradition with its defense 

Baltimore Sun 

When it comes to semipro football, the Arbutus Big Red has a tradition that few teams can match. The team's first appearance on a gridiron came in the Roaring Twenties. "We were established in 1926," Arbutus coach Ulander Giles said. History is ...


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...



McClelland Passes for 7 TDs in 1st Half; DaPra Converts 10 Extra Points 

August 3 (GREENDALE, WIS.) - Racine Raiders quarterback Craig McClelland and kicker Joel DaPra tied Mid-States Football League records in a 73-0 rout of the Milwaukee Venom in Greendale, Wis., on Saturday night.  

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

AFA Initiates Eye Black Partnership


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. 


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.

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. 


AFA SmartPhone App

The AFA Smartphone App is now available for download at Google 


Sports Concussion? Use Mobile Phone App Phone Diagnosis

Use the our collection of apps to ask a series of questions and the app will decide the chances that a player has actually suffered a concussion. The questions used come directly from the Centers for Disease Control. This app has a list of symptoms that will help in the decision to remove a player from a game or seek medical attention.  In fact, it has a "Return to Play" feature helping you decide when to allow the player to return to practice and game status.  Also comes with a feature to email a doctor, if further medical advice is needed. Just click Smartphone App to download....


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 amerfoot@aol.com
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 six...to 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 amerfoot@aol.com 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 AFABenefitsInc@americanfootballassn.com.


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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