After tallying the nominations sent in by the AFL Hall of Fame Advisory Board, ten finalists have been named for the 2012 AFL Hall of Fame Class.
year, we named the first AFL Hall of Fame Class since 2002. Because of
such a long hiatus and the rich pool of finalists, we inducted all ten,”
Kurz said. “We have a tremendous group of finalists this year, but only
a select group will be inducted.”
Hall of Fame Finalists include: QB SHERDRICK BONNER, the Greatest
Quarterback in AFL History according to the Silver Anniversary Committee
in 2012; HC MIKE DAILEY, a two-time ArenaBowl champion coach (XIII,
XIX); QB CLINT DOLEZEL, a three-time All-Arena selection and a passing
leader of the AFL for four years; WR/DB RANDY GATEWOOD, a six-time
All-Arena selection and three-time All-Ironman selection; WR/LB DARRYL
HAMMOND, a four-time All-Ironman selection; current Iowa Barnstormers HC
MIKE HOHENSEE, who won ArenaBowl XX as a Head Coach and owns the third
spot in AFL history for most regular season wins (135), WR/LB GREG
HOPKINS, a four-time All-Arena and All-Ironman selection; FB/LB BOB
McMILLEN, a three-time ArenaBowl Champion; FOUNDING PARTNER WILLIAM
NIRO, one of the original founders of the AFL; and DB CLEVAN THOMAS, a
five-time All-Arena selection and 2002 Rookie of the Year and two-time
Defensive Player of the Year.
AFL Office received ballots from the Hall of Fame Advisory Board, which
consisted of a rich list of journalists and executives with a long-time
involvement in the game, on Wednesday, June 20.
member selected ten candidates based on AFL contribution in the
categories of players, coaches, administrators, officials and
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
and current Hall of Fame members will vote on the finalists beginning
on Monday, June 25, 2012. Votes will then be turned into the Hall of
Fame Operating Board of Directors, who will officially select the 2012
AFL Hall of Fame Class.
2012 Hall of Fame Class will be announced during ArenaBowl XXV in New
Orleans and inductions will be held during the Arena Football League’s
2013 opening weekend.