Binghamton, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2012
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio was the site for the American Football Association's 32nd Annual Semi-Pro Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Friday June 29th. Eighteen individuals representing semi-pro football teams across the country were enshrined as 'legends' of their level.
This year's semi-pro football enshrinement festivities began on Thursday evening with the annual AFA/HOF Alumni Huddle cocktail party. The "Huddle" provided attending HOF Alumni an opportunity to meet the new group of semi-pro football legends before they were inducted. Don Jonas (Class of 1983) and Steve Moser (Class of 1992) provided inspirational accounts of their semipro football careers at the Huddle Cocktail Party Thursday evening.
On Friday evening, the Class of 2012 was honored by AFA Alumni, family and friends as they received their commemorative Semi-Pro Hall of Fame recognition plaques. Alumni attendees from the 1980s and 1990s were also honored. Craig Ochoa (Class of '03) served as MC while former teammates and/or family members presented the new inductees to the dinner crowd. Each inductee provided very sincere and touching testimonies about their backgrounds and careers.
This year we were also especially honored to induct Derek Stingley and Tyronne Jones, both players from Arena Football who got their start at the semipro/minor league football level. Derek Stingley started his career with the semipro Louisiana Bayou Thunder and subsequently went on to the Arena Football Albany Firebirds. In 2008 he was named Arena Football 2 Head Coach of the Year. Derek still holds several semipro football records and is currently coaching with the Pittsburgh Power. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Stingley. Tyronne Jones started his career at the semipro level with the New Orleans Hustlers (AFA) and subsequently started his Arena Football career with the Nashville Kats, New Orleans VooDoo and then the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyronne_Jones
The induction dinner event was also viewed by friends, family and fans around the world via live webcast. During the event we even received a phone call from the nephew of an inductee in Okinawa, Japan stating that the webcast was coming through load and clear on his end,via an Android device!
The enshrinement of this year's class of 18 new hall of famers will see the 32-year total number of inductees expand from 653 members to 671 members. Since the inaugural enshrinement in 1981 (including the Class of 2010) the AFA has recognized 384 players; 101 coaches; 85 executives; 29 officials; 23 pioneers; 20 media/historians; 13 trainer/equipment men; 6 associated with youth football; 5 involved with international semi-pro; 4 from the women's level; and even 1 'super fan.'
Webcast video of the 2012 Hall of Fame Inductions can be viewed at: http://www.steveweedproductions.com/Video-Pages/AFA/2012%20AFA%20HOF.html. Copies of this video can be obtained by contacting 315-782-8383: Office or 315-783-2171: Cell
AFA 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Photo slideshow can be viewed at: http://www.adcomphoto.phanfare.com/5651642#imageID=161295422
About the American Football Association:
The American Football Association is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 32nd 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. 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.