Saturday, May 21, 2011

AFA Newsletter May 20, 2011 AFA Newsletter May 20, 2011
In This Issue:
•   PROSPER - Peer to Peer Lending
•   Professional Football Researchers Association
•   AFA Membership Programs
•   AFA News Clips
•   Join Us On Facebook
Recently the AFA/Hall of Fame selection committee completed its annual task of reviewing personal profiles of qualified individuals nominated for induction into the Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame as the "Class of 2011". Information submitted by HOF alumni and subsequent review by the selection committee resulted in the selection of 20 people for enshrinement this year. The American Football Association is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 31st year of operation and is dedicated to the advancement of adult (semi-pro) football from coast-to-coast.

This year's group of Hall of Famers will be enshrined as the "Class of 2011" during the AFA's 31st Annual Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Canton Marriott Courtyard, 4375 Metro Circle NW, North Canton, Ohio. The induction dinner will be part of a busy Semi-Pro Football week for the AFA National Association, which will run from Thursday, June 23rd thru Friday, June 24th.

Events Scheduled:
• Annual AFA/HoF Legends - meet the new inductees "Alumni Huddle Cocktail Party - 7pm Thursday, June 23rd
• AFA Board of Directors Meeting - 10am Friday, June 24th
• Pro Football Hall of Fame Tour - Friday, June 24th
• 31st Annual AFA Semi Pro Hall of Fame Induction Dinner - 7pm Dinner (Cocktails 6pm) Friday, June 24th. This will also be a live internet broadcast.

The American Football Association is proud to present the names of those who will be enshrined into the AFA Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame as the "Class of 2011" (names in parentheses indicate sponsors of the new inductees):

• Lynn Patrick - LaFargeville, NY - (George Ashcraft)
• Carl Neal - Manteno, IL - (Elmhurst Travelers, Mal Yarke,Don Busch,Al Klaeren,Jack Perry)
• Dale Berman - North Aurora, IL - (Ron Hansen, Jim Benja, Pat Albanese, Fred Fiorelli, James Kulton)
• Brett Wilson - Munster, IN - (Greg Skowronski)
• John Rogan - Columbia, SC - (Jerry McGonigle)
• Terry Gorton - Queensbury, NY - (Dick Leland)
• Mike Lewis - LaPlace, LA - (Keith Ballard)
• Daris Steen - Doral, FL - (Rev Gary Wilder)
• Andy Tranchita - Northlake, IL - (Neal Anderson, Bob Beshk, Ben Ward)
• Beau Jarrell - Groveland, FL - (Don Jonas)
• Brian Parks - Hanover, MD - (Bill Christie)
• Mickey Morris - Middleburg Heights, OH - (Dennis McEllicott)
• Dave Friese - Shippensburg, PA - (Dave Bonsell)
• Christopher VanStone - Carpentersville, IL - (Sue Berg, Eliseo Saldivar)

• Bill Christie - Jackson, MI - (Ceil Real)
• Alan Perkins - Crystal Lake, IL - (Craig Ochoa)

• Tom Rudzinski - Clarks Summit, PA - (Bill Higgins)

• Anthony Bartley - Las Vegas, NV (BoD/Bo Brooks)
• Robert Harrison - Aurora, IL (Larry Schmidt, Gary Thomas, Jerry Schropp, Roman Strzala)

• Lawrence Haynes III - Portland, OR (Dave Burch)

Guests will be responsible for calling the hotel directly at 800-228-9290 and making their own guest room reservations. Room rates are $115 single/double. This special room rate will be available until June 1st or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. We have been advised that this will be a very busy weekend in Canton so please do not procrastinate. Be sure to mention that you are connected with the American Football Association (by name) to take advantage of the AFA's discount room rate. To book online click:

Click below to purchase Hall of Fame Dinner tickets by June 15th .......

This year as part of our event fundraiser, we are soliciting sponsors and raffle items in advance. Sponsors and donors will be acknowledged during our live hall of fame internet broadcast, will be listed in our souvenir program and posted on our event banner. Just click the attached form to make a raffle donation or become a sponsor.

American Football Association
Professional Football Researchers Association
The Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the history of professional football. Formed in 1979, PFRA members include many of the game's foremost historians and writers. The PFRA is also for any fan interested in the history of professional football. The PFRA is incorporated in the state of Connecticut and has 501(c)(3) status as an educational organization with the Internal Revenue Service.

PFRA members receive six issues of our official magazine, The Coffin Corner. Each issue is 24 pages crammed with pro football history: articles on great players, teams, and games of the past (and some not-so-great), occasionally a stat article, some opinion, and organization news. This site contains articles that have appeared in the The Coffin Corner over the years, with the exception of the last couple of years. For instance, a recent issue includes articles on the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving games, the WFL's Chicago Fire, the Ice Bowl and Jim Brown.

(Due to the membership by June 30, 2011)
(Available for Immediate Download in the Members Only section)
Hall of Fame Class of 2011 by Pro Football Hall of Fame. Biographies of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
Broadway Joe's 1967 Season by George Bozeka. A recap of the 1967 New York Jets' season.

Football Tour de France by Christian Joosten and Denis Crawford. The story of American football games played in France in December 1938.

Normalized Passer Rating by Rupert Patrick. The author's attempt to normalize the passer ratings of quarterbacks across eras.

Mel Renfro: "The Allegations Stop Here!" by Dr. Kristine Setting Clark. Mel Renfro has been blamed for the Dallas Cowboys' loss in Super Bowl V. Here, Renfro tries to set the record straight.

Professional Football Researchers Association
AFA News Clips
American Football Association Hall of Fame Jackets - Now Available !!!
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.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Keith Ballard, AFA Hall of Fame Class of 2010 for initiating this project; I can tell you he's really excited about his jacket!

Adult Football Helmet Ratings - May 2011
A total of 10 adult football helmet models were evaluated using the STAR evaluation system for May 2011 release. All 10 are publicly available at the time of publication. Helmets with lower STAR values provide a reduction in concussion risk compared to helmets with higher STAR values. Based on this, the best overall rating of '5 Stars' has the lowest STAR value. Group rankings are differentiated by statistical significance. Just click:

School of the Legends
School of the Legends is the world's greatest online football experience. It serves aspiring football players, NFL players—past and present—and fans worldwide. It provides valuable, intensive web-based training for young people eager to learn the game. SOTL also offers an exclusive social football community that is an official licensed partner of the NFL Players Association and is destined to become a mega hit for players and fans.

A Little History - American Football Association (1979–1982)
The American Football Association was a professional American football league that operated from 1979 to 1982. It was concentrated in the southern United States and served as an interregnum in the second tier of professional football between the World Football League, which folded in 1975, and the United States Football League, which began play in 1983. Unlike the WFL or USFL, the AFA always fashioned itself as a minor league, and never planned to rival the National Football League for "major league" status.[1] Players were paid one percent of gross gate revenue, which often meant players were paid only menial sums for their service (often comparable to minimum wage for three hours of work), and the league struggled to acquire recognizable players.[2] The league played its games on Saturday nights[1] in the summer (beginning its season Memorial Day weekend and ending in August) to avoid direct competition against other football in the fall, a move that foreshadowed the USFL's similarly inspired spring football schedule. The AFA ended operations in 1982, unable to take advantage of the looming strike that hit the NFL that year.

The modern American Football Association, a sanctioning body for semi-pro and amateur football, is unrelated to the former AFA.
+ Semi-pro Football HQ Scoreboard
New features at . In the upper right hand corner of our home page is a "Search this Site" button with which you can search 12.5 years of information accumulated for player names, coaches, teams, leagues, etc.
Additionally, you can now view 2010 league champions from the 79 semi-pro football leagues across the USA.
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PROSPER - Peer to Peer Lending
Prosper Loans Marketplace, Inc. is a San Francisco, California-based company in the emerging peer-to-peer lending industry. The company operates, a website where individuals can buy loans and request to borrow money.

PROSPER (click here)
AFA Membership Programs
2011 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. If you are interested in a 2011 membership application, just click:

2011 AFA Team & League Membership
Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2011 season. The annual membership fee to join the AFA is $100 "per team" which provides a benefit package that is easily 10x this fee. Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking:

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