Arena Football Hall of Fame

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.[1][2]

Arena Football Hall of Fame
Arena Football Hall Of Fame Logo 2014-present
Established1998
Websitewww.arenafootball.com/hallfame

Qualifications

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.[3]

Location

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.[4]

Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game

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.[5]

Inductees

The list is complete up to date 2014 Hall of Fame class.

Biographies and statistics can be referenced at the Hall of Fame web site.[6]
Inductee Class Position Team(s) Years
Dwayne Dixon 1998 Wide receiver/Defensive back Washington Commandos 1987
Detroit Drive 1988–1991
Jim Foster 1998 League Founder/Executive, Commissioner, Team Owner/President N/A N/A
Commissioner 1987–1992
Iowa Barnstormers 1995–2001
Jerry Kurz 1998 League Co-Founder/Executive, Commissioner, President N/A N/A
CEO (AF2) 2004–2009
Commissioner 2010–2014
President 2015–present
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
Detroit Drive 1989–1992
Cincinnati Rockers 1993
Milwaukee Mustangs 1995
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
Orlando Predators 2002–2003
Durwood "Rock" Roquemore 1999 Defensive Specialist Chicago Bruisers 1987–1988
Albany Firebirds 1990
Orlando Predators 1991–1996
Jon Roehlk[7] 1999 Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Washington Commandos 1987
Detroit Drive 1988–1993
Miami Hooters 1994
Iowa Barnstormers 1995–1996
Gary Vitto 1999 General Manager Detroit Drive 1988–1993
Ben Bennett 2000 Quarterback Chicago Bruisers 1988–1989
Dallas Texans 1990
Orlando Predators 1991–1995
San Jose SaberCats 1996
Portland Forest Dragons 1997
Carl Aikens 2000 Wide receiver/Defensive back Chicago Bruisers 1988–1989
Dallas Texans 1990–1991
Orlando Predators 1992–1993
Milwaukee Mustangs 1994
Hercules "Herkie" Walls 2000 Wide receiver/Defensive back Orlando Predators 1991–1996
Joe March 2000 Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Denver Dynamite 1991
Sacramento Attack 1992
Milwaukee Mustangs 1993
Tampa Bay Storm 1993–1996
Nashville Kats 1997
Perry Moss 2000 Head Coach Chicago Bruisers 1988
Detroit Drive 1990
Orlando Predators 1991–1997
Glenn Mazula 2000 Team Owner Albany/Indiana Firebirds 1990–2002
Danny White 2002 Head Coach Arizona Rattlers 1992–2004
Utah Blaze 2006–2008
Mike Ilitch 2002 Team Owner Detroit Drive 1988–1993
John Corker 2002 Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Detroit Drive 1988–1993
Miami Hooters 1994–1995
Fred Gayles 2002 Wide receiver/Defensive back Denver Dynamite 1989
Albany Firebirds 1990–1997
New York CityHawks 1997
Grand Rapids Rampage 1998
Reggie Smith 2002 Offensive Specialist Chicago Bruisers 1987–1989
Albany Firebirds 1990
Orlando Predators 1991
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
Albany Firebirds 1990–1993
Tampa Bay Storm 1994–1999, 2001
Buffalo Destroyers 2000
Kurt Warner 2011 Quarterback Iowa Barnstormers 1995–1997
Stevie Thomas 2011 Wide receiver/Linebacker Tampa Bay Storm 1991–1999
Orlando Predators 2000
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 N/A N/A
Sherdrick Bonner 2012 Quarterback Arizona Rattlers 1993–2007
Chicago Rush 2008
Mike Dailey 2012 Head Coach Albany/Indiana Firebirds 1997–2003
Colorado Crush 2004–2008
Clint Dolezel[8] 2012 Quarterback Milwaukee Mustangs 1995–1996
Texas Terror/Houston ThunderBears 1997–1999
Grand Rapids Rampage 2001–2003
Las Vegas Gladiators 2004–2005
Dallas Desperados 2006–2008
Randy Gatewood 2012 Wide receiver/Defensive back Arizona Rattlers 1996–2007
Mike Hohensee 2012 Head Coach Washington Commandos 1990
Albany Firebirds 1994–1996
Anaheim Piranhas 1997
New England Sea Wolves 1999–2000
Chicago Rush 2001–2008, 2010
Peoria Pirates (AF2) 2009
Philadelphia Soul 2011
Iowa Barnstormers 2012–2014
Portland Thunder 2015
William Niro 2012 League Co-Founder/Executive N/A N/A
Cory Fleming[9] 2013 Wide receiver/Linebacker Nashville Kats 1994–1995, 2006
Carolina Cobras 2002
Orlando Predators 2003–2005
Darryl Hammond 2013 Wide receiver/Linebacker Albany Firebirds 1991–1994
St. Louis Stampede 1995–1996
Nashville Kats 1997–2001, 2005–2006
Georgia Force 2003–2004
Austin Wranglers 2004
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
Chicago Rush 2003–2007
Carl Paganelli 2013 Official/Adviser/Contributor N/A N/A
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
Carolina Cobras 2002
Damian Harrell 2014 Wide receiver New England Sea Wolves/Toronto Phantoms 1999–2002
Colorado Crush 2003–2007
Chicago Rush 2008
Milwaukee Mustangs 2010–2011
Kyle Moore-Brown 2014 Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman Albany/Indiana Firebirds 1995–2003
Colorado Crush 2004–2008
Omarr Smith 2014 Wide receiver/Defensive back San Jose SaberCats 2000–2002, 2004–2008
Tampa Bay Storm 2003

Class of 2019 Finalists:[10]

Pro Football Hall of Fame

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.[11]

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.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame Voting Officially Opens". Arena Football. July 14, 2015. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "Arena Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board Announced". arenafootball.com. June 5, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame Voting Officially Opens". Arena Football League. July 14, 2015. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame features exhibit on Arena Football League". ESPN. March 2, 2007. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "HYDRIVE Arena Football Hall of Fame Weekend Set to Kick Off Friday". Tampa Bay Storm. April 17, 2014. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame". Arenafootball.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ex-Hawkeye, arena football pioneer Roehlk dies". The Quad City Times. March 16, 2016. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  8. ^ "After HOF career, Clint Dolezel finds success as coach". csnphilly.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Organ, Mike (April 26, 2014). "Kats' Cory Fleming goes to Arena Football Hall of Fame". The Tennessean. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  10. ^ "AFL Announces 2015 Arena Football Hall of Fame Finalists". Arena Football. July 11, 2015. Archived from the original on December 21, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  11. ^ "1992-1996 Charlotte Rage". Funwhileitlasted.com. Retrieved April 22, 2016.

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Alvin Rettig

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.

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