The San Antonio Talons are the winners of the 2012 Commissioner’s Award, Arena Football League Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz announced today.
Talons displayed excellence both on and off the field,” Kurz said. “The
team’s tremendous success in their inaugural season displayed why San
Antonio was a perfect market for the fast-paced game of Arena Football.
With just one-year in the League, they are already highly recognized in
the San Antonio community.”
Talons, led by legendary quarterback Aaron Garcia, finished their 2012
campaign with the best record (14-4) in the National Conference and as
Central Division Champions.
more than just on the field. This is the most fan-friendly sport in the
world. We stress community and our fans,” Kurz said. “The organization
quickly laid down a foundation that this League prides itself on.”
the 2012 season, Talons Owner David Lynd announced the hiring of the
long-time AFL executive Keith Recine. Recine and the Talons will focus
on “community based marketing” and a commitment to providing a total
sports entertainment experience for the fans in every game.
In 2011, the Pittsburgh Power received the Commissioner’s Award following their inaugural season.
Arena Football League also honored Kurz, Jim Foster and William Niro
with the 25th Anniversary Service Award. The award exemplifies the
commitment of excellence to the Arena Football League over its 25 years
of existence. Foster, who invented the game of Arena Football, also
served as the League’s Commissioner (1997-92), an owner, president and
earned Executive of the Year. Niro represented Foster in the formation
of the AFL, was an original founder and served on the AFL Board of
Directors (1990-2010). Niro currently represents the League in
procurement and protection of AFL brand identity and trademarks. Kurz,
who currently serves as the League’s Commissioner, has been involved
with the game for 27 yards. He successfully resurrected the League in
2009 and continually displays his passion and devotion to the game.