The Arena Football League announced seven members of the 2012 Hall of Fame Advisory Board today.
Advisory Board will select ten candidates for Hall of Fame voting based
on AFL contribution in the categories of players, coaches,
administrators, officials and “at large.”
The Advisory Board includes: MARK ANDERSON, creator of the Arena Football League Writers’ Association; ED BARKOWITZ, a veteran Philadelphia Daily News reporter; TROY CLARDY, play-by-play voice of the Pittsburgh Power; current play-by-play voice of the Chicago Rush, LES GROBSTEIN; WILLIAM NIRO, a founding father of the Arena Football League; RICHARD OBERT, Arizona Republic reporter; and ARI WOLFE, who currently serves as a play-by-play announcer and sideline reporter for “NET10 Arena Football Friday” on NFL Network.
who created the Arena Football League Writers’ Association in 2004,
covered the Las Vegas Gladiators from 2003-2007 for the Las Vegas
Review-Journal and later covered the AFL for Pro Football Weekly in 2008
has been covering the Soul and the AFL for the Philadelphia Daily News
since the team’s launch in 2004. He has also worked as a general
assignment sports writer for the Daily News since 1993, covering the
World Series, Stanley Cup and NBA Finals.
now in his 13th season following the AFL, is currently the radio
play-by-play voice of the Pittsburgh Power. From 2006-2008, he hosted
“Inside the AFL”, ESPN’s official Arena Football League podcast. He also
served as the San Jose SaberCats pregame and postgame host during radio
broadcasts from 2001-2005 and worked as a color commentator from
a Chicago sports radio veteran of more than 30 years, is currently the
play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Rush. He has covered the Arena
Football League since its inception in 1987.
a Chicago attorney, is an original founder of the AFL and partner at
Gridiron Enterprises, a sports consulting company based in Chicago, IL.
has worked at the Arizona Republic since 1982 and has covered the
Arizona Rattlers since their inception in 1992. He was on-hand for two
Rattlers’ ArenaBowl victories. He also covered the University of Arizona
men’s basketball program from 1992-1995 and again during the 2000-2001
season, as well as the Arizona State University men’s basketball program
during the 1999-2000 season.
worked as the TV and Radio play-by-play announcer for the
Albany/Indiana Firebirds from 1998-2003 and the Philadelphia Soul from
2004-2008. He now serves as a play-by-play announcer and sideline
reporter for NFL Network and has worked in some capacity at every
ArenaBowl since 2002. During the 2008 season, he had his own column on
ArenaFootball.com entitled, “Wolfe’s Den”.
Advisory Board will select ten candidates for Hall of Fame nomination
on Wednesday, June 20 and the nominees will be announced Friday, June 22
on NFL Network. Fans and current Hall of Fame members will then vote on
the selected candidates beginning on Monday, June 25. Votes will then
be turned in to the Hall of Fame Operating Board of Directors.
order to be nominated for the 2012 Hall of Fame Class, candidates must
meet four criteria. If a player was active before 1989, he must have
played for two seasons. For players after 1989, three seasons of service
are required. All players must be retired for three complete seasons.
Coaches must have been active for a minimum of five seasons and need not
2012 Hall of Fame Class will be announced during ArenaBowl XXV in New
Orleans on August 10 and inductions will be held during the Arena
Football League’s 2013 opening weekend.