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"Where Semi-Pro/Minor League Football Legends Live Forever"
American Football Association Newsletter
June 07,  2014
Volume 9, Issue 10
In This Issue

Hall of Fame Induction Dinner "Sold Out" 


 AFA Announces Hall of Fame "Class of 2014"


Prince Hearns, Jr. Class of 1988

Quick Links


Phone: 877-624-4485


Hall of Fame logo    
The Induction Dinner has sold out again this year!!! 

AFA Announces Hall of Fame - "Class of 2014"



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.


Prince Hearns Jr., AFA HoF Class of 1988

Prince Hearns Jr. played for the Rockford Rams, Madison Mustangs and Delavan Red Devils. Prince has been dealing with prostate cancer for the last 10 years and at this time is hospitalized and about to start dialysis.  We are reaching out right now to old teammates and opponents to provide him with some support.  Prince is in Rockford Memorial Hospital room E302 phone is 815-971-5000; home 815-968-3121.


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.   


AFA Participates In Macy's Ninth Annual "Shop For A Cause"


Macy's and the American Football Assn invite customers to participate in Macy's ninth annual national "Shop For A Cause" charity shopping event on August 23, 2014. Macy's "Shop For A Cause" is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities' fundraising efforts, and has helped raise more than $44 million for charities across the country since 2006. Customers can participate in this year's event by purchasing shopping passes from the American Football Association now.  To purchase a shopping pass 
from the American Football Association, just click Macy's Shopping Pass or email us at


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. 
#10) I am called the best quarterback never to play in the NFL. I was MVP, all-star quarterback, leading passer and top scorer in all three leagues I played in. I turned down a job with a NFL club because I would have had to take a pay cut. Who am I? Answer: Don Jonas

#11) I am considered to be of the greatest quarterbacks in all of pro football. After college I was cut by my hometown pro football. My cousin got a position with a local semipro football team, the Bloomfield Rams of the Steel Valley Conference for $6 a game. I got into the NFL the next year and lead my team to several titles. Who am I?

 Research provided by AFA Historian, Steve Brainerd  


BEHIND THE WALLS or Doing a 10 year Slide for Murder Two


See the movie CHARLEY VARRICK to find out why Al Dutcher was in Joliet, maybe on the football team.


Football isn't always played before 70,000 screaming fans in a beautiful $1,000,000,000 domed stadium. Sometimes it's played before 500 guards and prisoners "behind the walls".

Most of us have seen THE LONGEST YARD, the movie in which Burt Reynolds runs wild on the gridiron while serving time in prison. There is more truth to this than is first evident.

Research has turned up 34 prisons that fielded football teams. Several of them played in semipro leagues and at least two teams were league champions........


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. 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....Just click:


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 Jostens does that for us!

AFA News & Media Clips  

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........ 


Football: Former Barnstormers get into AFA HOF

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2:36 pm | Updated: 3:03 pm, Wed May 21, 2014.

Emanuel Lee - Sports Editor | 

For the majority of his football career, Bryan Smith got out of the huddle before putting his hands underneath the butt of Jose Rodriguez.

They played together at San Benito High and for the semi-pro football Central Coast Barnstormers. Through it all, they've been able to share a lifetime of memories. Now, they'll get to share one more.


Sadler Sports & Recreation Insurance: How Sports/Recreation Organizations Can Tell If They Are Paying Fair Insurance Premiums - A prior blog posting described the Five Important Steps In The Insurance Process for sports and recreation organizations. Step 5 was Loss Analysis and Rate Justification. This is a crucial topic that is often misunderstood by insurance decision makers of sports and recreation organizations. They often think that they need to go to the market to get a quote when in fact their current carriers may already be offering a fair premium. But how can you tell without going to market? To follow is a process that should be followed on an annual basis........


Free Starbucks Card and A chance to win $25,000 in a half court basketball shot contest! If you just click here, Ill explain it all 


CharityMania Fundraisers is the Official Fundraising Partner for the American Football Association (AFA).
Now is the time when many football organizations are selecting their fundraisers for the fall.  Our fundraisers can help each and every AFA football team raise the money they need to be a successful program. 
The AFA has partnered with us because we offer a unique and different kind of fundraiser.  Here's why:
*    Low upfront cost and you keep 70% profit
*    Based on the excitement of your favorite sports
*    Easy to manage - no inventory or fulfillment 
*    Your supporters can win $1000's in prizes


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 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 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, 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  


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 & 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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