Inaugural Revolution Hall Of Fame Class to be Inducted at Nationals

The men’s USA Australian Rules national team, USA Revolution, is proud to announce the formation of the Revolution Hall of Fame. The team played its first match in 1999 and was coached by Australian Football Hall of Fame member and foremost advocate of international talent development, Paul Roos. Since then, more than 300 players have played for the Revolution, fielding teams in all International Cups (02, 05, 08, 11, 14, 17), Parallel Cups (match against Canada), and the Atlantic Alliance Cup (London 2001) and other special-event matches. The Revolution recently placed 4th this past August at the International Cup (best finish 2005 3rd place).

Says current coach and former player Tom Ellis, “The USA Revolution Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those members of US Australian Rules Football National team who, by virtue of their contributions, are of such significant stature that they are considered to be among the most highly regarded contributors to the promotion and development of the program. It’s important we maintain a connection to the great history of the program.”  

Brad Rinklin, Matty Dainauski, and Jeff Purcell, former players for the Revolution, constitute the Hall of Fame Committee. Says first International Cup team captain, Jeff “Fingers” Purcell, “It’s an exciting time for the Revolution family. The inception of the Hall of Fame will allow us to preserve Revo history and honor the legacy of the people who have been integral to building the program that represents the USAFL on the world stage. I’m personally honored and humbled to be a part the committee that will review nominations, and excited to see who will be named as the first class of inductees.”

The Committee is accepting nominations until October 7th and may include both players and non-players. The committee shall consider a candidate’s outstanding service and overall contribution to the program in determining a candidate’s eligibility for induction into the Hall of Fame.

An official announcement of inductees will occur at USAFL Nationals Opening Ceremonies in San Diego on October 20th.  In future years, nominations will be accepted in the calendar year of International Cups and announced on August 1st, a significant date in team history marking the first game played (1999, Naperville, IL).

To submit a nomination, please go here: NOMINATION FORM (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegGjeJcKxGAuZ5DRZm9g2OFSsD7tjzFzHzbOLCpgXzwMNnqQ/viewform)

 

Selection Criteria for Induction into the Revolution Hall of Fame

For a player to be eligible, they must have participated in an officially sanctioned senior Revolution game (International Cup, Parallel Cup, Atlantic Alliance Cup 2001, Balmain Tigers 2004, Australian All-Star 2006).  Future Revolution trips will be added to this list (ie Europe Summer 2018) as they occur. The player must have played their last game no less than 5 years prior to nominations and a minimum of 10 games.

The committee may consider a candidate’s individual record, games played, ability, integrity, sportsmanship and character. Candidates may be judged on the basis of their overall contribution to the program as opposed to one specific aspect.

Non-players may be nominated to the Hall of Fame. The committee shall consider a candidate’s outstanding service and overall contribution to the program in determining a candidate’s eligibility.

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