Arena Football Hall of Fame
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The Arena Football Hall of Fame is the official Hall of Fame of the Arena Football League (AFL). The inaugural class was announced in 1998 and the Hall was not formally organized until 2011. Prior to 2011, there were four classes: 1998–2000 and then another in 2002. The Arena Football Hall of Fame is the highest honor for players, coaches, and contributors involved in the AFL. The voting process consists of fans and current Hall of Fame members voting on the finalists. The finalists are selected by the League Office in which they collect ballots from the Arena Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board, a group which consisted of former players, executives, journalists and media personnel with a long-time involvement in the league. The league began to decline in 2015, so no Hall of Fame announcements have been made since this year. The league folded for a second time in 2019. After the league's second closure, ArenaFan, a long-running fan site, announced it had taken over operations of the Arena Football Hall of Fame.
In order to be nominated for the Arena Football Hall of Fame, a candidate must meet at least one of four criteria (as of 2015, depending upon whether he is being considered as a player, a coach, or a contributor). A player who has played after the 1989 season must have played a minimum of three seasons. A player must be retired for a minimum of three full seasons. A coach must have been active for a minimum of five seasons but does not need to be retired. There is no minimum number of seasons required for contributors but rather contribution to the significant advancement of the AFL.
There is currently no physical location for the Arena Football Hall of Fame. Unlike the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there is not a museum associated with Arena Football, but there is, however, within the Pro Football Hall of Fame a relatively small exhibit that features the history of the Arena Football League.
Ceremony and Hall of Fame GameEdit
Much like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Arena Football League has a weekend dedicated to the inductees and during a selected Hall of Fame Game the inductees will partake in a Hall of Fame ceremony. This ceremony takes place prior to the game and will feature highlights as well as speeches from each of the inductees. Recent Hall of Fame Games were aired on CBS Sports Network prior to the termination of the league's agreement with CBSN following the 2018 season.
The list is complete up to date 2014 Hall of Fame class.
|Dwayne Dixon||1998||Wide receiver/Defensive back||Washington Commandos||1987|
|Jim Foster||1998||League Founder/Executive, Commissioner, Team Owner/President||N/A||N/A|
|Jerry Kurz||1998||League Co-Founder/Executive, Commissioner, President||N/A||N/A|
|Tim Marcum||1998||Head Coach||Denver Dynamite||1987|
|Detroit Drive||1988–1989, 1991–1993|
|Tampa Bay Storm||1995–2010|
|Kansas City Command||2011|
|New Orleans VooDoo (AHC)||2012|
|Orlando Predators (AHC/DC)||2013|
|Gary Mullen||1998||Wide receiver/Defensive back||Denver Dynamite||1987|
|Los Angeles Cobras||1988|
|Tate Randle||1998||Defensive Specialist||Detroit Drive||1988, 1990–1992|
|Alvin Rettig||1998||Fullback/Linebacker||Detroit Drive||1988–1993|
|Craig Walls||1998||Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman||Pittsburgh Gladiators||1987–1988|
|Jay Gruden||1999||Quarterback||Tampa Bay Storm||1991–1996|
|Durwood "Rock" Roquemore||1999||Defensive Specialist||Chicago Bruisers||1987–1988|
|Jon Roehlk||1999||Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman||Washington Commandos||1987|
|Gary Vitto||1999||General Manager||Detroit Drive||1988–1993|
|Ben Bennett||2000||Quarterback||Chicago Bruisers||1988–1989|
|San Jose SaberCats||1996|
|Portland Forest Dragons||1997|
|Carl Aikens||2000||Wide receiver/Defensive back||Chicago Bruisers||1988–1989|
|Hercules "Herkie" Walls||2000||Wide receiver/Defensive back||Orlando Predators||1991–1996|
|Joe March||2000||Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman||Denver Dynamite||1991|
|Tampa Bay Storm||1993–1996|
|Perry Moss||2000||Head Coach||Chicago Bruisers||1988|
|Glenn Mazula||2000||Team Owner||Albany/Indiana Firebirds||1990–2002|
|Danny White||2002||Head Coach||Arizona Rattlers||1992–2004|
|Mike Ilitch||2002||Team Owner||Detroit Drive||1988–1993|
|John Corker||2002||Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman||Detroit Drive||1988–1993|
|Fred Gayles||2002||Wide receiver/Defensive back||Denver Dynamite||1989|
|New York CityHawks||1997|
|Grand Rapids Rampage||1998|
|Reggie Smith||2002||Offensive Specialist||Chicago Bruisers||1987–1989|
|Barry Wagner||2011||Wide receiver/Defensive back||Orlando Predators||1992–1999, 2007|
|San Jose SaberCats||2000–2006|
|George LaFrance||2011||Offensive Specialist||Detroit Drive||1988–1993|
|Tampa Bay Storm||1994–1999|
|New Jersey Red Dogs||2000|
|Hunkie Cooper||2011||Wide receiver/Linebacker||Arizona Rattlers||1993–2005|
|Eddie Brown||2011||Offensive Specialist||Albany/Indiana Firebirds||1994–2003|
|Sylvester Bembery||2011||Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman||New England Steamrollers||1988|
|Tampa Bay Storm||1994–1999, 2001|
|Kurt Warner||2011||Quarterback||Iowa Barnstormers||1995–1997|
|Stevie Thomas||2011||Wide receiver/Linebacker||Tampa Bay Storm||1991–1999|
|New Jersey Gladiators||2001|
|Sam Hernandez||2011||Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman||Charlotte Rage||1992|
|Las Vegas Sting/Anaheim Piranhas||1994–1997|
|San Jose SaberCats||1998–2005|
|Darren Arbet||2011||Head Coach||San Jose SaberCats||1999–2008, 2010–present|
|Gene Nudo||2011||Executive||Chicago Bruisers/AFL League Office/Arizona Rattlers/Dallas Vigilantes/ Chicago Rush||1987-2011|
|Sherdrick Bonner||2012||Quarterback||Arizona Rattlers||1993–2007|
|Mike Dailey||2012||Head Coach||Albany/Indiana Firebirds||1997–2003|
|Clint Dolezel||2012||Quarterback||Milwaukee Mustangs||1995–1996|
|Texas Terror/Houston ThunderBears||1997–1999|
|Grand Rapids Rampage||2001–2003|
|Las Vegas Gladiators||2004–2005|
|Randy Gatewood||2012||Wide receiver/Defensive back||Arizona Rattlers||1996–2007|
|Mike Hohensee||2012||Head Coach||Washington Commandos||1990|
|New England Sea Wolves||1999–2000|
|Chicago Rush||2001–2008, 2010|
|Peoria Pirates (AF2)||2009|
|William Niro||2012||League Co-Founder/Executive||N/A||N/A|
|Cory Fleming||2013||Wide receiver/Linebacker||Nashville Kats||1994–1995, 2006|
|Darryl Hammond||2013||Wide receiver/Linebacker||Albany Firebirds||1991–1994|
|St. Louis Stampede||1995–1996|
|Nashville Kats||1997–2001, 2005–2006|
|Greg Hopkins||2013||Wide receiver/Linebacker||Albany/Indiana Firebirds||1996–2001|
|Los Angeles Avengers||2002–2006|
|Bob McMillen||2013||Fullback/Linebacker||Arizona Rattlers||1995–2001|
|San Jose SaberCats||2001–2002|
|Lawrence Samuels||2013||Wide receiver/Linebacker||Tampa Bay Storm||1994–2000, 2002–2010|
|New Jersey Gladiators||2001|
|Andre Bowden||2014||Fullback/Linebacker||Tampa Bay Storm||1991–1993, 1997–2001, 2003–2004|
|Damian Harrell||2014||Wide receiver||New England Sea Wolves/Toronto Phantoms||1999–2002|
|Kyle Moore-Brown||2014||Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman||Albany/Indiana Firebirds||1995–2003|
|Omarr Smith||2014||Wide receiver/Defensive back||San Jose SaberCats||2000–2002, 2004–2008|
|Tampa Bay Storm||2003|
Class of 2015 Finalists:
- James Baron Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman for the Nashville Kats from 1997–2001, 2005–2007 and the Chicago Rush from 2002–2004 and 2008
- Craig Bornemeier Executive
- Siaha Burley Offensive Specialist for the Orlando Predators from 2001–2002, the Los Angeles Avengers from 2003, the Arizona Rattlers from 2004–2005, 2008, 2010, and the Utah Blaze from 2006–2007
- B. J. Cohen Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman for the Orlando Predators from 1999–2002, 2008, the Tampa Bay Storm from 2003, the New Orleans VooDoo from 2004–2005, and the Kansas City Brigade from 2006–2007
- Mark Grieb Quarterback for the Anaheim Piranhas from 1997, the Milwaukee Mustangs from 1997, and the San Jose SaberCats from 1999–2008, 2011–2012
- Jay Gruden Head Coach for the Orlando Predators from 1998–2001, 2004–2008. Gruden is already inducted for his playing career and thus would be the first to be inducted twice as the hall is currently configured.
- Kevin Guy Head Coach for the Tennessee Valley Vipers (AF2) from 2002–2004, the Rio Grande Valley Dorados (AF2) from 2005, and the Arizona Rattlers from 2008–present
- Kenny McEntyre Defensive Specialist for the Orlando Predators from 1998–2006, 2008–2012 and the Kansas City Brigade from 2007
- Steve Papin Offensive Specialist for the San Jose SaberCats from 1997–2001, the New York Dragons from 2002–2003, and the San Diego Riptide (AF2) from 2003
- Will Pettis Wide receiver/Defensive back for the Pensacola Barracudas (AF2) from 2002, the Dallas Desperados from 2003–2008, and the Dallas Vigilantes from 2010
These were the finalists for the 2015 Hall of Fame class; however, this was the year that began the decline of the league until its second bankruptcy in 2019. No future Hall of Fame announcements have been made since 2015.
Pro Football Hall of FameEdit
Joe DeLamielleure was the first Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee to ever play with an Arena Football Team; as an apparent publicity stunt, he played two games for the Charlotte Rage in the 1992 season, seven years after he had retired from professional football.
Kurt Warner, who played three seasons with the Iowa Barnstormers from 1995 to 1997 and was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame in 2011, is the first player with substantial arena football experience to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as the first to be inducted into both halls. Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
The ownership group of the Colorado Crush has also been inducted: John Elway was inducted as a player in 2004, while Pat Bowlen was inducted as an owner in 2019. Both Elway and Bowlen were inducted almost entirely for their contributions to the NFL's Denver Broncos.
Indoor Football League Hall of FameEdit
The Indoor Football League Hall of Fame is the corresponding Hall of Fame for the Indoor Football League. While both the IFL and AFL Hall of Fames represent indoor football leagues, they are both separate. There are no members that have been enshrined into both Halls, nor have any members of the AFL Hall played in the IFL. There have been a few members of the IFL Hall of Fame that have played in the AFL, such as Chris Dixon, Lionell Singleton, Jameel Sewell, and Myniya Smith, but none had contributed enough to the AFL to earn entry into the Hall. However, there are some instances of former AFL teams that have been integrated into the IFL that have members enshrined for their tenure within the new league. The Green Bay Blizzard, Texas Revolution, and Tri-Cities Fever are former members of the AF2, but have since moved to the IFL. The Blizzard have had running back LaRon Council, defensive back/kick returner B. J. Hill, head coach Robert Fuller, quarterback Jameel Sewell, and wide receiver Bryan Pray enshrined. Lionell Singleton from the Fever has been enshrined. Javicz Jones from the Revolution has been enshrined. The Iowa Barnstormers have moved from the AFL to the IFL and have had linebacker Javicz Jones and wide receiver Bryan Pray enshrined. Bryan Pray has also played for the Spokane Shock when they were in the IFL, but were known as the Spokane Empire then.
Canadian Football Hall of FameEdit
Only two players in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame have contributed to the Arena Football league; however, neither had a great enough contribution to be inducted in both Halls. Joe Kapp was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame as a player in 1984 and coached for the Sacramento Attack in the AFL for the 1992 season. Bobby Jurasin was inducted in 2006 as a player and played with the Iowa Barnstormers for the 1999 season, unfortunately this was his last professional football season as he sustained a neck injury and was forced to retire.
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