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.
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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, which recognizes the greats not only of the NFL but the history of other outdoor pro football leagues, 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.
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; each of the Hall of Fame Games are aired on CBS Sports Network annually.
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|
|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 2019 Finalists:
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.
Alvin Rettig (born December 6, 1963) is a former Arena football fullback/linebacker in the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at Rice University.
In 1998, Rettig was elected into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.Andre Bowden
Andre Bowden (born April 4, 1968) is a former fullback and linebacker in the Arena Football League and became the all-time leading rusher for the Tampa Bay Storm from 1993-1994, 1997-2001, 2003-2004.
Bowden played college football for Fayetteville State University.Bowden was also in the National Football League. He was with the New England Patriots in the 1994 and 1995 seasons, but did not see any playing time. On March 23, 2002, Bowden signed with the Carolina Cobras.Carl Aikens Jr.
Carl Kenneth Aikens Jr. (born June 5, 1962) is a former American football wide receiver/defensive back in the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at Northern Illinois University.
Aikens played in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987 before playing 7 seasons in the AFL for the Chicago Bruisers, Dallas Texans, Orlando Predators & the Milwaukee Mustangs.
In 2000, Aikens was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.Carl Paganelli
Carl Paganelli is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1999 NFL season, who wears uniform number 124. As an umpire, Paganelli is notable for working two Super Bowls, Super Bowl XXXIX and Super Bowl XLI, in a span of three years. He officiated his third Super Bowl game, Super Bowl XLVI, in Indianapolis, and was chosen to officiate Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He has two brothers who officiate in the NFL, Dino Paganelli and Perry Paganelli; they are both back judges. Carl Paganelli and Perry Paganelli became the first set of brothers to be part of the same officiating crew when they officiated Super Bowl XLI together. Carl Paganelli is a member of the Arena Football Hall of Fame.
For the 2017 NFL season, Paganelli will serve on the officiating crew headed by NFL referee Walt Anderson.Cory Fleming
Cory Lamont Fleming (born March 19, 1971) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He also was a member of the Nashville Kats, Carolina Cobras and Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League. He played college football for the University of Tennessee.Craig Walls
Craig S. Walls (born December 24, 1958) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a former American football offensive lineman/defensive lineman in the Arena Football League. He also played linebacker in the United States Football League and the National Football League. He played college football at Indiana University.
In 1998, Walls was elected into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.Fred Gayles
Frederick Gayles (born May 11, 1966) is a former Arena football wide receiver/linebacker in the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at Western State Colorado University.
In 2002, Gayles was elected into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.Gary Mullen (American football)
Gary Mullen (born February 1, 1963) is a former professional American football and Arena football player who played wide receiver and defensive back for eight seasons for the Denver Dynamite, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Cobras, Detroit Drive, Cincinnati Rockers and the Milwaukee Mustangs. He was elected into the Arena Football Hall of Fame in 1998.George LaFrance
George Herbert LaFrance III (born September 24, 1965) is a former Arena Football League offensive specialist. In a playing career lasting twelve years, he played for the Detroit Drive (1988-1993), the Tampa Bay Storm (1994-1999), and the New Jersey Red Dogs (2000). In 2002, he served as general manager of the San Diego Riptide.Greg Hopkins
Greg Hopkins (born November 16, 1971) is a former Arena Football League wide receiver/linebacker with the Albany Firebirds and the Los Angeles Avengers.Joe March
Joseph March (born June 18, 1967) is a former arena football offensive lineman and defensive lineman in the Arena Football League for the Denver Dynamite, Sacramento Attack, Miami Hooters, Tampa Bay Storm and the Nashville Kats. He played college football at Murray State University. In 2000, March was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.Jon Roehlk
Jon Michael Roehlk (June 25, 1961 – March 13, 2016) was an Arena football offensive/defensive lineman in the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at the University of Iowa.
In 1999, Roehlk was elected into the Arena Football Hall of Fame. He died in 2016 after a period of declining health.Kyle Moore-Brown
Kyle Moore-Brown (born February 26, 1971) is a former Arena Football League offensive lineman/defensive lineman for the Albany/Indiana Firebirds and the Colorado Crush. He is currently the associate head coach and offensive line coach for the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League (IFL). He was the head coach of the Cedar Rapids Titans of the Indoor Football League.Mike Dailey
Mike Dailey is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at McDaniel College, a position he has held since the 2016 season. Dailey was a head coach in the Arena Football League for the Albany Firebirds and the Colorado Crush. During his time in the Arena Football League, he won two ArenaBowls and was named AFL Coach of the Year in 1999. He is fifth all time in wins with a career record of 115–84, including an 11–8 mark in the postseason. Under his leadership, the Firebirds won ArenaBowl XIII in 1999, defeating the Orlando Predators led by Jay Gruden, now head coach of the Washington Redskins. In 2005 the Crush, then owned by John Elway, won the ArenaBowl XIX. Dailey's 1999 Albany Firebirds team was voted the greatest team in AFL history, while his 2005 Colorado Crush was voted fifth. He was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame in 2012.Randy Gatewood
Randy Gatewood (born January 31, 1973) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League and Arena Football League. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 1995. He played college football at UNLV. He shares the single game record for most receptions with 23 catches, which he accomplished on Sept. 17, 1994 against the Idaho Vandals.
Gatewood also played for the Arizona Rattlers. On March 25, 2002, Gatewood re-signed with the Rattlers.In 2015, Gatewood became a sideline analyst for CBS Sports Network's AFL coverage.Reggie Smith (wide receiver)
Reggie "Super Gnat" Smith (born July 15, 1966) is a former Arena football wide receiver/defensive back in the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at North Carolina Central University.
In 2002, Smith was elected into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.Sam Hernandez
Sam Hernandez (born November 18, 1968) is a former American football defensive lineman in the Arena Football League. He is from San Jose, California, and played college football at Sonoma State.
Hernandez played for the Charlotte Rage, Las Vegas Sting, Anaheim Piranhas, and San Jose SaberCats. In 2011, Hernandez was elected into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.Stevie Thomas
Stevie Thomas (born July 24, 1967) is a former Arena football wide receiver/linebacker in the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at Bethune-Cookman University.
In 2011, Thomas was elected into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.Tate Randle
Tate Randle (born August 15, 1959 in Fredericksburg, Texas) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League and the Arena Football League. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the eight round of the 1982 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas Tech.
Randle also played for the Houston Oilers, Baltimore / Indianapolis Colts, and Detroit Drive.
Members of the Arena Football Hall of Fame