American Football Association Seeks Support For American Inventor TV Contestant

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Semi-Pro footballers know a little about living in the obscurity of America’s greatest sport - football. While it’s difficult to find non-professional football players making the national news these days for their playing talents, one from the Detroit, Michigan area has caught the eye of ABC TV viewers as one of the 4 finalists on that network’s American Inventor program.

Erik Thompson, the inventor of a training product called the “Catch Vest”, spends a great deal of his time these days promoting his new product to youth, high school and semi-pro football receivers, running backs, defensive backs and anybody else who wants to develop a competitive edge for learning to catch a football in flight.

Thompson and his Catch Vest invention can be seen this Thursday (May 11th) at 8 pm on ABC-TV. Like most TV shows of this nature, the American Inventor contestants continue their appearances each week if they receive more telephone votes than their counterpart inventors.

To assist Thompson in his quest to become ABC’s number-one American Inventor of the year, the American Football Association is calling on the nearly 100,000 semi-pro adult amateur football players, coaches, team and league administrators across the country to rally behind Erik and make a call to the ABC-TV show Thursday night on his behalf.

The AFA national office wants to encourage our semi-pro people to make some phone calls and/or send e-mails to teammates regarding this opportunity to help Erik Thompson continue his venture as an American Inventor. Watch the show, write down Erik’s voting call-in number and send a vote (or two) his way. Let’s show Erik Thompson we’re “Semi-Pro and Proud” . . . of him.

“The last semi-pro footballer we helped get his invention off the ground was AFA Hall of Famer Jim Foster (class of 1982)” said AFA President Ron Real. “Foster invented the sport of Arena Football more than a decade ago and his prototype game featured nearly all semi-pro football personnel. Arena Football has become one of the most successful and fastest growing sports ventures in America today.”

About the American Football Association:

The AFA is dedicated to the advancement of semi-pro/minor league football throughout the United States and serves as the National Organization for non-professional leagues and teams from coast-to-coast. Media - contact Dave Burch at AFA National Office (877) 624-4485 or (941)388-3510. For more information about the AFA, please visit our Web site:

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