American Football Association Announces Hall of Fame - "Class of 2019"

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The American Football Association's Hall of Fame selection committee has completed its annual task of reviewing personal profiles of qualified individuals nominated for induction into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame as the "Class of 2019". Information submitted by HOF alumni and subsequent review by the selection committee resulted in the selection of 22 people for enshrinement this year.

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The American Football Association's Hall of Fame selection committee has completed its annual task of reviewing personal profiles of qualified individuals nominated for induction into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame as the "Class of 2019". Information submitted by HOF alumni and subsequent review by the selection committee resulted in the selection of 22 people for enshrinement this year.

This year's group of AFA Hall of Famers will be enshrined as the "Class of 2019" during the AFA's 39th Annual Minor League Football Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton, Ohio 44708. The induction dinner will be part of a 2-day event for the AFA National Association, which will run from Thursday, June 20th thru Friday, June 21st. This is our eighth year at this venue and this year's event promises to be even better.

Events Scheduled:

  • Sports & Celebrity Memorabilia Auction
  • Annual AFA HoF Legends - meet the new inductees "Alumni Huddle Cocktail Party - 6pm Thursday, June 20th
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Tours at your leisure
  • 39th Annual AFA Minor League Football Hall of Fame Induction Dinner - 7pm Dinner (Cocktails 6pm) Friday, June 21st.

The American Football Association is proud to present the names of those who will be enshrined into the AFA Minor League Football Hall of Fame as the "Class of 2019" (names in parentheses indicate sponsors of the new inductees):

Coaches Category:
Angel Lopez - Milwaukee, WI (Bob Harrison/Brian Carder/Tom Hawkins)
Jerry Schliem - Milton, WI (Bob Harrison/Brian Carder/Tom Hawkins)
Edward Zbikowskii - Arlington Heights, IL (Roman Strzala/LarrySchmidt/Ron Hansen)

Media Category:
Don Wadewitz - West Allis, MI (Jordan Kopac)
Rob Krone - Adams, NY (George Ashcraft)

Officials Category:
Larry Vecchio - Hagaman, NY (Bill Higgins/Joe Friers)

Player Category:
Bryan Pallone - Fort Lauderdale, FL (Mary Lockhart)
Terrance L. Rollins - Norristown, PA (Bob Kubiak)
Byron Culver - Southfield, MI (Robert Hunt)
Kirk Haywood - Bolingbrook, IL (Jack Ball)
Ramon Burroughs - St Cloud, MN (Todd Western)
George Annang - Lynwood, IL (Larry Johnson)
Manuel Johnson - Erie, PA (Thomas Robinson)
Kevin Prietti - Boynton Beach, FL (Rick Sager)
James Bernard Nelson - Dorchester, MA (Larry DeVoe)
Mark Trudel - Waukesha, WI (Phil Micech)
Brian Davis - Manlius, IL (Brent Bordenkircher)
John Van Buren - Wantaugh, NY (Tom Manny/Dave Fleck/Mike Carneval/Mike Robochik)
Joseph Lombardi - South Easton, MA (Larry DeVoe)
Timothy "Ted" Ryan - Charlestown, MA (Bob Beckwith)
Jamie Davis - Scottsville, VA (Bob Yurachek)
Wendell Mosley - Lawrenceville, GA (Fred Robinson)

The enshrinement of this year's class of 22 new hall of famers will see the association's 39-year total number of inductees expand from 777 members to 799 members. Since the inaugural enshrinement in 1981 (including the Class of 2019) the AFA has recognized 487 players; 111 coaches; 89 executives; 34 officials; 25 pioneers; 23 media/historians; 13 trainer/equipment men; 6 associated with youth football; 6 involved with international semi-pro; 4 from the women's level; and even 1 'super fan'.

Tickets are $120 each for the two day 2019 AFA Minor League Football Hall of Fame Induction Event. If interested in ordering dinner tickets, please email amerfoot@aol.com for an order form or click HoF Dinner Registration. The deadline for ticket orders is June 7th.

As part of our event fundraiser, we are soliciting sponsors/donors. Sponsors and donors will be acknowledged during our live hall of fame webcast, receive a listing in our souvenir program and will be posted on our event banner. Just click any of the links below:

2018 Event Archives:

  • 2018 Hall of Fame Dinner Program
  • 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Photo Album
  • 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Webcast

About the American Football Association:
The American Football Association is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 39th 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.

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