BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK JUNE 27, 2019
For the seventh consecutive year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio was the site for the American Football Association's 39th Annual Semi-Pro/Minor League Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Friday, June 21st. Twenty two individuals representing semi-pro/minor league football teams across the country were enshrined as 'legends' of their level.
This year's enshrinement festivities began on Thursday evening, June 20, 2019, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH with the annual AFA/HOF Alumni Huddle cocktail party. The "Huddle" provided attending HOF Alumni an opportunity to meet and greet the new group of semi-pro/minor league football legends before they were inducted.
On Friday evening, the Class of 2019 was honored by AFA Alumni, family, and friends as they received their commemorative Minor League Hall of Fame recognition plaques. 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. The induction dinner event webcast was viewed by over 1000 friends, family, and fans worldwide. This webcast video is now available for viewing at AFA Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.
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):
Angel Lopez - Milwaukee, WI (Bob Harrison/Brian Carder/Tom Hawkins)
Jerry Schliem - Milton, WI (Bob Harrison/Brian Carder/Tom Hawkins)
Edward Zbikowski - Arlington Heights, IL (Roman Strzala/LarrySchmidt/Ron Hansen)
Don Wadewitz - West Allis, MI (Jordan Kopac)
Rob Krone - Adams, NY (George Ashcraft)
Larry Vecchio - Hagaman, NY (Bill Higgins/Joe Friers)
Bryan Pallone - Fort Lauderdale, FL (Mary Lockhart)
Terrence 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/Mike Carneval)
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'.
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