AFA Hosts Successful 33rd Annual Semi-Pro Hall of Fame Inductions
Canton, OH (June 29, 2013) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio was the site for the American Football Association's 33rd Annual Semi-Pro Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Friday June 28th. Twenty individuals representing semi-pro football teams across the country were enshrined as 'legends' of their level.
This year's semi-pro football enshrinement festivities began on Thursday evening with the annual AFA/HOF Alumni Huddle cocktail party. The "Huddle" provided attending HOF Alumni an opportunity to meet the new group of semi-pro football legends before they were inducted. Craig Ochoa (Class of '03) was honored with a Special Recognition Award for his role as an NFL Official at the Huddle Cocktail Party Thursday evening. He shared with the audience a detailed account of his experiences as a replacement ref in the NFL during 2012. See “Former CCIW referee chosen as replacement ref in NFL”
On Friday evening, the Class of 2013 was honored by AFA Alumni, family and friends as they received their commemorative Semi-Pro 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. During this live webcast, each inductee provided very sincere and touching testimonies about their backgrounds and careers.
The enshrinement of this year's class of 20 new hall of famers saw the association’s 33-year total number of inductees expand from 671 members to 691 members. Since the inaugural enshrinement in 1981 (including the Class of 2013) the AFA has recognized 402players; 103 coaches; 85 executives; 29 officials; 23 pioneers; 20 media/historians; 13 trainer/equipment men; 6 associated with youth football; 5 involved with international semi-pro; 4 from the women's level; and even 1 'super fan'.