June 17, 2011
TULSA, Okla. After tallying the nominationssent in by the AFL Hall of Fame Advisory Board, ten finalists remain for the2011 AFL Hall of Fame Class. Thisis arguably the most decorated group of players, executives and coaches everinvolved in the Arena Football League. Im pleased to a part of the selectionprocess for the 2011 AFL Hall of Fame Class, AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurzsaid. 2011Hall of Fame Finalists include: San Jose SaberCats HEAD COACH DARREN ARBET, two-time Coach of the Year (2000, 2002)and owner of three ArenaBowl titles with San Jose (2002, 2004, 2007); two-time ArenaBowlChampion with the Tampa Bay Storm and three-time First Team All-Arena(1990-92), OLDL SYLVESTER BEMBERY; WR EDDIE BROWN, ranked the GreatestPlayer in AFL History by the AFL Historical Committee, and three-time OffensivePlayer of the Year (1994, 1996, 1999); WRLBHUNKIE COOPER, two-time Ironman of the Year award winner (1999-00) and AFLMVP (1993); OLDL SAM HERNANDEZ, theAFLs all-time sack leader with 59; OSGEORGE LaFRANCE, five-time ArenaBowl Champion (Detroit, 3; Tampa Bay, 2),two-time MVP (1989, 1991) and two-time Offensive Player of the Year (1989,1991); Chicago Rush PRESIDENTGM GENENUDO, AFL Founders Award Winner (2002) and three-time League Executive ofthe Year (1997, 1999, 2000) with Arizona; WRLBSTEVIE THOMAS, four-time ArenaBowl Champion with the Storm who recorded7,892 receiving yards and 111 tackles in his 10-year career; WRDB BARRY WAGNER, ranked as thesecond Greatest Player in AFL History by the AFL Historical Committee andsix-time Ironman of the Year winner (1992-97); and QB KURT WARNER, AFL Founders Award winner (2006), finishing his AFLcareer with 10,465 passing yards and 183 touchdowns. TheAFL League Office received ballots from the Hall of Fame Advisory Board onWednesday, June 15, consisting of a rich list of journalists and executiveswith a long-time involvement in the game. Eachmember selected ten candidates based on AFL contribution in the categories ofplayers, coaches, administrators, officials and at-large. Fansand current Hall of Fame members will vote on the finalists beginning onMonday, June 20. Votes will then be turned in to the Hall of Fame OperatingBoard of Directors. Inorder to be nominated for the 2011 Hall of Fame Class, candidates must have metfour criteria. If a player was active before 1989, he must have played for twoseasons. For players after 1989, three seasons of service are required. Allplayers must be retired for three complete seasons (last year 2007). Coachesmust have been active for a minimum of five seasons and need not be retired. The2011 Hall of Fame Class, which could arguably be the greatest class ever, willbe announced during ArenaBowl XXIV weekend at the site of ArenaBowl andinducted during the 2012 season opener. This will be the first AFL Hall of Fameclass inducted since 2002.
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LAS VEGAS -– Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera announced today that, for reasons unrelated to League operations, the owners of the San Jose Sabercats have notified him that they will no longer continue as members of the AFL.
Butera said that the League is working to secure a new long-term owner for the storied franchise, which played its first Arena game in 1995. He also extended the AFL’s deep appreciation to the SaberCats ownership group for all the contributions they have made to Arena Football.
“We have a remarkably loyal fan base in the San Jose area and we are working aggressively to secure new ownership for the franchise as soon as possible,” Butera said. “In the process of rebuilding, there is an evolution that brings change and growth. In the coming months, we will reveal a strategic growth plan for the AFL, including completion of agreements with a number of expansion opportunities.”
AFL media services
SAN JOSE -- The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned 2012s leading wide receiver Samora Goodson on a two-year contract. Goodson had a breakout season last year, his third in San Jose. The Arena Football Leagues free agency period for exclusive negotiations with players from a teams 2012 roster opened on Monday, Oct. 15 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.
"Bringing our leading receiver back from a year ago certainly bolsters our receiving corps," OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet stated regarding the addition. "Samora is a very talented, proven receiver who has exhibited big-play ability at this level.
Goodson (6-3, 205, SE Missouri State) appeared in all 18 games for the SaberCats in 2012, where he led the team in all receiving statistical categories but touchdowns. He caught a career-high 114 passes for 1,471 yards and 27 scores as he paced a deep stable of SaberCats receivers on the way to a 12-6 season and playoff berth. Goodson also proved his worth on special teams, as he recorded 12 total tackles (ten solo) on kickoff coverage.
The Hayward, Calif. native appeared in seven games for San Jose in 2011, after his season was cut short due to injury. He posted 46 receptions for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in the teams first season back since 2008. Goodson was a member of the SaberCats practice squad in the 2008 regular season and made the postseason roster in a year that saw San Jose fall in ArenaBowl XXII to the Philadelphia Soul. In between these two stints, Goodson played for the San Jose Wolves of the AIFA (Arena Football Indoor Association) in 2010.
Prior to his professional career the Californian played two seasons at Southeast Missouri State, where he tallied 37 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns in 22 appearances for the Redhawks. He transferred to Southeast Missouri State from Citrus Community College (Glendora, Calif.), where he earned All-Western State Conference and all-state honors.
Transaction: SaberCats are assigned WR Samora Goodson on a two-year contract.
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