PFL HALL OF FAME

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Class of 2017

free hall of fame

As a founder of the Pioneer Football League the impact that Leroy Freeman Jr. has had on Bronx football predates the beginning of the  league itself.   The Bronx Colts, who have been a staple in the south Bronx for decades have been led by “Coach Free” for so long that prominent coaches from the Bronx have been coached by Free in their younger days.  Having experience in other leagues in the New York City area and a wealth of knowledge about the sport and the development of young men Coach Free was the likely source for the establishment of the premier football league to come out of the Bronx.

Coach Free directed the establishment of the youth divisions of the PFL, including the recruitment of teams and development of programs to enhance the players experience beyond the 8 scheduled games.   Coach Free is the driving force behind many of the PFL special events including the inaugural and 5th year PFL Championship weekends.   He is also responsible for such college connections as the annual Pinstripe Bowl and other specialty college football games at Yankee Stadium.  The ideals of Pioneer Football experiences, Coach Free is pillar of his community and as active in the boardroom as he is on the football field.

2017 10u Legacy Conference Championship

2017 12u Tri State Conference Championship

2014 Spring Classic Championship

2013 Spring Classic Championship

2013 PFL Collegiate Division Championship

2012 14u Intermediate Division Championship

2012 Program of the Year

2012 Founder – Pioneer Football League

Shawn hall of fame

As a founder of the Pioneer Football League, Shawn Godbolt’s legacy within the league has been trademarked with an uncanny knack of shooting for the stars.  Although many believed it not possible, the Bronx Steelers 2012 team of 10 12 and 14 year old squads turned into a conference and a football experience for the underserved population of the Bronx which is undoubtedly has been a story that should be told as a true community hero folktale.

Besides his annual trips up and down the east coast for games and other experiences, Godbolt has exposed more youth in the Bronx to the outside world and opportunities than many community service organizations with budgets that far exceed his.  Besides playing and winning games in multiple states on a yearly basis with the Bronx Steelers, Godbolt branched out and developed the Tri State Conference, a tutorial for developing teams and organizations and served as the proving ground for the Pioneer League for teams looking to compete for the crown.   As the PFL executive board Chief Financial Officer he opened a bunch of initiatives that raised money for the league to do dynamic activities that put the league on the map.

His ideas and initiatives have shaped the league in a very prominent way.  Everything from in season travel, fundraising, and league events.  His aim has always been to keep kids off the street and he has the numbers to show that he has served his community to a maximum effort as week as a maximum result.  More college trips, cultural trips, road trips to play games than many programs that have been operating far longer than his.  His recruitment of teams to the league as well as the way he waved the league banner in 6 years has put the league in a position to be the largest in the region.

2013 10u Junior Pee Wee Championship – Bronx Steelers

2013 14u Intermediate Championship – Bronx Steelers

2014 – Pioneer League Coach of the Year

2015 – PFL 14u Division 2 Championship – Bronx Steelers

2015 – PFL 10u Division 2 Championship – Bronx Bears

2016 – Founder Tri State Conference

2016 – 10u Tri State Conference Championship – Bronx Steelers

2016 – 12u Tri State Conference Championship – Bronx Steelers

2016 – PFL Program of the Year – Bronx Bills

2017 – PFL 14u Legacy Conference Champions

2014 – 2017 Pioneer League Executive Board Chief Financial Officer

thurman hall of fame

The 4th founder of the Pioneer League and one of the members that saw immediate success in the establishment of the new concept in youth football coming out of the Bronx.  As the owner of the Bronx Nittany Lions, Coach Thurman was one of the active voices in shaping policy as the PFL was getting off the ground.  Thurman was also one of the voices that immediately pushed policy to get PFL teams involved in National affiliations and travel games something that paid off later in the development of the league.

Later on he was one of the founders of the Inner City Conference and worked in the executive board of the Inner City operations in the transition into the conference system within the league.

2012 10u Junior Pee Wee Championship

2012 12u Pee Wee Championship

2016 Executive Board – Inner City Conference

goya hall of fame

The first female to be inducted into the Pioneer Football League Hall of Fame, Marta Latimer is a well deserved inductee that truly represents for the ladies.  The fact of the matter is that she is not the first woman to have an impact in the Pioneer League, but as far as accomplishments go, she is with little debate the most important.  Starting on the coaching end, she is our first PFL player safety coach certified by the National Football League…. Not the first woman… The first person … period.   Her role as player safety coach has developed a bunch of young coaches within the league and sustained quality instruction with the PFL.  In her role as General Manager of the Bronx Colts she excelled and became one of the shining examples of the way the role should be carried out.

On the league level, Marta, better known as Goya has made a huge impact in the football landscape in New York.  All teams in the PFL know her from PFL Sportscenter and her constant and excellent contributions to league events like championships, media day, and all star games.  her work in PFL Media was strongly rooted in the desire to uncover all of the accomplishments of the women in the respective PFL programs.  The face of the Women in Football PFL Program, she interviewed and profiled while supporting the female pliers, coaches and other staff members within the league.  Her latest role as one of the general managers of the New York Patriots, she managed the collegiate level program of the PFL and helped provide another PFL quality product that earned the respect of the players and staff members alike.

2017 10u Legacy Conference Championship – Bronx Colts

2017 12u Tri State Conference Championship – Bronx Colts

2017 PFL Senior Divison Championship – New York Red Mambas

2016 – present – PFL Executive Board

2015- present – Women in the PFL initiative director

2014- NFL Heads Up Player Safety Coach – Heads Up Program

2016-2017 – New York Patriots General Manager

rick hall of fame

The measure of a man is often dictated by the impact that he has on others lives.  Most times we can see this at work the first time meeting and shaking hands with a new face.  In the case of Richard Hernandez, better known as Coach Rick most PFL players, parents and staff members can be remember that the first time meeting him  they were greeted with a smile, handshake and about 50 questions on how he can serve them better.

It is a mark of a perfectionist, or maybe just the fact that the man cares with all of his heart that a conversation with Coach Rick you feel as though you are the only one in the room even if it is at a major event.  The drive that the man has, the motivation of being the best, and the passion that he moves with makes the Pioneer League the stable product in the midst of constant challenges and tribulations.  Through it all the job the Chief Executive Officer, which Hernandez has held for 2 years, has been to keep the ship steady in the midst of turbulent waters.  Successfully, for those two seasons, he has presided over the largest expansion in league history and the management of the most talented (and stubborn) leaders in the region.  All with the focus on being providing quality football for our area youth and producing events that the league and ownership can be proud of.  His list of accomplishments makes him a deserving inductee, but the impact personally on so many lives is immeasurable.

2013 – Coach Bronx Nittany Lions

2014 – 2015 Coach and Administrator Bronx Buccaneers

2014 – Senior Division Championship – Bronx Buccaneers

2015 – Program of the Year – Bronx Buccaneers

2016- present – Chief Executive Officer – Pioneer Football League

2017 – Pioneer Football League Executive of the Year

2016 -2017 – General Manager New York Patriots

Class Of 2016

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Xavier Hamilton’s impact on the Pioneer League is probably more profound than he realizes.  On the field his moves are electric and spark a confidence that is contagious as he makes everyone around him step their game up.  At quarterback, “X” as they call him, made plays with his feet and with a powerful arm that put up numbers.  He also lined up at receiver and in the 3rd Colts Championship run caught TD passes weekly that made Sportscenter highlight reels.  He also lined up in the backfield and was very hard to tackle on his way to big gains in critical situations.  He also lined up on defense and his area was a literal “no fly zone”.  X in mathematics means the unknown, in Hamilton’s case, X means infinite possibilities.  He also raised the social awareness of the league with his dedication to former Truman High School  teammate Isayah Muller.  Hamilton was the lead on the PFL’s annual Muller weekend to honor the young man’s memory.  A dynamic and very intelligent young man, Hamilton is as witty in a conversation about life as he is while evading tacklers.  His style on the field was smooth as his play and he will be one of the top fashion gurus in the PFL Hall Of Fame.

3X Collegiate Level Champion

2013 PFL All Star Selection

 

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When the Harlem Jets take the field at 128th Street, the sound that you hear from the DJ table is noticeably football savvy.  When you see the Jets truck pull up and see that guy that who is driving the truck and unloading it as well seems to know everyone there.  When you think about who would roll up their sleeves and do these type of things the co-founder and any other executive position would be out of the thought process.   However, that guy, Kevin Wiggins is the man who loves his program so much that this is normal course of business.  He was one of the biggest supporters of the idea of the Pioneer League and the driving force behind the 18u Harlem Jets team.  5 years later, the Jets have 3 PFL Championships and a host of other accomplishments.  You can still bet that if anything still needs to be done that Mr. Wiggins would not hesitate to get his hands dirty again.  It is that work ethic and dedication to the children of the Harlem Jets and the PFL as a whole that makes him a Hall Of Famer.

3X PFL Senior  Level Champion

2012 Undefeated Season (1st In PFL History)

 

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The game of football gives the glory to the little guys that carry the ball.  The game of football is won between the tackles.  Jon Rijo was the driving force behind the first collegiate champions of the Pioneer League.  An outstanding young man, the former Brooklyn Ruff Ryder used what he learned to springboard himself to college.  It was because of his success in that transition that turned more heads, and opened more doors PFL players.   His ability to learn vaulted him to the next level and matched with his size and great footwork he is aiming to be the first PFL alum to get paid to play football as a professional.  Knowing how he is this is surely going to be another milestone for Rijo and the league as well.

Played at Bethany College and then Lincoln University (graduate)

2012 PFL All Star Selection

2012 PFL Collegiate Level Champion

 

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Quiet…. Humble…. but far from passive.  Charles Hutchinson often gets overlooked by people that don’t have a front seat to the show that is the Bronx Colts Collegiate program.  Similar to Hutchinson the running back who quietly racked up yards and controlled possessions to get the New York Spartans their 2009 Gridiron Elite Championship.  As a player, you could count on him to execute fundamentals and to make smart decisions to help the team.  He picked up blocks more efficiently and with more calculation than than a mathematician.  As a coach, his attention to detail and his stoic yet passionate demeanor commands the respect and develops a love from his players.  As an offensive coordinator, his unit has put up record numbers and the execution from all 11 on the field is a testament to his commitment to excellence.

2008 Empire Conference Champion (BNEFF) (player)

2009 Spring Classic Champion (GIE) (player)

3X PFL Collegiate Level Champion (Coach)

2 Undefeated Seasons

2012 All Star Selection (Coach)

2014 & 2015 Triboro Football League Champion (PFL Affiliate)

 

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Boppa, as he is affectionately called is the guy that does what is needed to win.  He played quarterback and defensive line multiple times in his PFL career… because that is what the team needed.  He switched to fullback… because the team needed it.  When seeing him play in the All star series his passion as a competitor was still on display.  The Army Navy PFL All Star game where he played all over the place to get team Navy a victory.  The 2012 win in Connecticut against a much older Ravens team, where he led the team as the quarterback to a dominating performance.  And in the Spartan Bowl as a blizzard had covered the field with snow and gale force winds, he stuck it out and was a driving force for the comeback win.  With these performances and his drive to be the best, Boppa has cemented his legacy in the leagues history and his spot in the Hall Of Fame.

2X PFL All Star Selection

2012 PFL Collegiate Level Champion

 

Class Of 2015

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Samuel Appiah came on the scene in the PFL in a flash. He first caught our eye with his amazing ability to find holes in defenses on his way to long touchdown runs. He then captured glory when his play led the Buccaneers to consecutive championship appearances and a title in the 2014 season. With his All Star Selection in 2014 he was a prime candidate for the Hall. He attained greatness when he packaged all of this football skill with a quiet but noticeable leadership quality that made him the ultimate teammate. He was noticeably talented every time he stepped on the field the last two seasons. With an acceptance to Central Michigan University where he will play next and earn a degree makes him a Hall Of Famer.

All Star Selection 2013

Senior Level Championship 2014

 

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Hardware is something that Theron Glynn has become accustomed to collecting. This 3 time PFL Champion collected MVP honors in the Spring Classic and the Fall season. His acrobatic runs made sportscenter “must see tv” including his hurdle of an unsuspecting defender that was the marquee piece in the shows opening credits. A slippery runner who brings back memories of the likes of Fran Tarkenton, Glynn proved impossible to tackle and set multiple PFL records in offensive production. He also was a 2 time PFL All Star. For Glynn it is fitting that we remember his dynamic ability which opened the eyes and doors of colleges and minor league programs to recruit PFL players as a recognition of the talent that compete on our fields. That would not have been possible without this young man’s efforts.

3X Collegiate Level Champion

2 Time PFL All Star Selection

3X Championship Game MVP

Spring 2013 Season MVP

 

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One of the pillars in PFL history,, Shaun Kellman’s spot in the hall reserved for the man for all of his contributions to the heritage of the Pioneer League. As a player for the New York Spartans, he was a captain that helped lead the team to Championships in 2008 and 2009 along with a 4 time All Star. As the co-head coach of the Bronx Colts, he lead his team to 4 Pioneer League championship games winning 3 of them and winning a Minor League championship last season as a PFL affiliate. Winning just seems to be something that “Coach Black” does. The defensive mastermind for a unit that put up more points in Spring Classic play than other teams scored as a whole speaks volumes. The mouthpiece of the program, Kellman is the one that gets a team full of young, anxious, and talented ballplayers to play as a cohesive machine.

2008 Empire Conference Champion (BNEFF)

2009 Spring Classic Champion (GIE)

4X All Star as a Player

Defensive Player of The Year

ASA Junior College (graduate)

3X PFL Collegiate Level Champion (Coach)

2 Undefeated Seasons

2012 All Star Selection (Coach)

2014 & 2015 Triboro Football League Champion (PFL Affiliate)

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Coach Ali can now crack a smile, which he only does on one other occasion. Perfectionist is the word that best describes him as he truly coaches from the opening kickoff until the last handshake on the 50 yard line. In some ways he is an artist, as his masterpiece only allows him to rest when the championship trophy is in his hands. 3 Championship appearances, 2 titles and along the way a winning percentage above 90%. The Harlem Jets 18 and under team was a model franchise thanks to his efforts and the Pioneer League Friday night lights at 128th was even more fun thanks to the pregame, during game and postgame commentary of Coach Ali. The men in his program have the utmost respect for him and his efforts have placed players on college and prep school rosters across the football landscape. The attention to details is what made him so successful and it is that dedication that paved his way into the Hall Of Fame.

2X PFL Senior  Level Champion

2012 Undefeated Season (1st In PFL History)

halloffamemikeurbaez

Big Mike as he is affectionately called is also the way you can describe his play in critical moments. When a player is needed to get the ball back, make a big stop on defense and rally the troops, he comes up big. With a second consecutive title is on the line and the Harlem Jets needed a ball carrier to run the ball through a defense to chew up yards and the clock, it was Big Mike that came up huge. Urbaez represented the PFL proudly during his career. Representing the PFL in multiple All Star games including a team USA selection. When giving interviews for PFL Sportscenter you could tell that the young man has a eagerness to conquer the big moments. The mixture of his size and agility makes him a weapon on both sides of the ball. He can catch balls with a nimbleness that does not match his frame. There are very few things that he cannot do on a football field.

2X PFL Senior Level Champion

2X All Star Selection

2013 Championship Game MVP

 

Class Of 2014

HallofFame Matt Otero

When you are recognized on the street as the “Pioneer League” guy is it hard to pretend that the guy has not had a major impact.  The face of the PFL on the weekly Sportscenter Show, Fridge turned a fun little way to spend an afternoon into must see internet TV.  The questions, the antics and the charisma of the young man has made the PFL a force in the New York City area.  As a player, Fridge played and anchored a talented Bronx Colts offensive line that dominated competition and made the collegiate championship game in the inaugural campaign.  He also held an administration position with the Bronx Seahawks, giving them instant credibility and as a coach led the Seahawks to a successful inaugural fall campaign.  One of the original 3 Trustees, a participant of the John Gogarty Memorial Game as a member of the Staten Island Bandits, Fridge has set the concrete of the solid foundation that the league is built on.

All Star Selection 2012 as a player

All Star Selection 2013 as a coach

Bronx Colts Player

Played on Staten Island Bandits for John Gogarty Memorial Game

Bronx Seahawks Coach

Host on PFL Sportscenter

HallofFame Jay Carter

You can tell a lot about a person by the way that they smile. When you see Jay Carter on a football field he wears a grin that goes ear to ear. It is difficult to keep a straight face in his presence as his entire aura has a positive vibe that is infectious. Carter (aka Ahkbar Kareem) is PFL to the core. Whether it is interviewing a 10 year old about a touchdown they scored, grabbing an interception and telling you the story about how he said something funny to the receiver after doing it, or taking a young man aside for a coaching moment. He is the first PFL player to also coach a PFL team and even more impressive is that he has won multiple championships as a player AND as a coach. He has also completed an undefeated season as a player AND as a coach. An impact player on the field, Carter is a versatile defensive specialist, and has played 9 different positions on defense alone. An original trustee, his accolades are second to none he has the most PFL hardware than anyone else in league history.
2 time all star selection
2x Champion Coach for Harlem Jets
3x Champion Player for the Bronx Colts
Coach for Bronx Colts 2014- present
Host of PFL Sportscenter

HallofFame Shamell Jackson

 

If you sit down with Shamell Jackson for more than 3 minutes there is a distinct possibility that he has already bet something that he can do something better than you.  Whether it is an intellectual challenge like trivia or a physical challenge of lifting or doing something that may seem pointless – the bottom line is… Shamell wants to win.  It is that competitive drive that has made Shamell Jackson a young man who is the leader of other young men.  He marches to the beat of his own drum, and often tries to dismantle and reassemble the drum whenever he gets bored.  His outlook on the football field is the same, and his drive off the football field has propelled the Pioneer Football League to its popularity.  Shamell was a part of the Bronx Colts collegiate team that reached the inaugural championship.  He then joined a very young Bronx Buccaneers squad and was a leader on a team that made an unexpected rise to a championship game appearance in the spring.  He then joined a brand new program in the Bronx Seahawks and made them a factor immediately.  Jackson now coaches for the Buccaneers and continues to be a league representative and one of the engines that powers the PFL factory.  He isn’t into bandwagons, or teaming up for an easy win.  He takes pride in accomplishing the tasks that are difficult not the ones that are easy and simple.  Ironically he wears the number 0, which we attribute to his desire to build the next empire from the ground floor.

2 time All Star selection

2 PFL Championship Game Appearances

Played for Bronx Colts, Bronx Buccs, Bronx Seahawks

Coach Bronx Buccaneers

League Cameraman and Feature Interviewer

 

HallofFame Dajawn Wiggins

 

If you were to watch Dayjawn Wiggins play football, and didn’t know him personally, you would think that the player that you see would be as loud verbally as his play speaks between the lines.  When the helmet comes off you meet the most humble and articulate young man that you will ever speak to.  He may have a reason to boast, seeing him throw a football is a very impressive sight.  He  may have a reason to brag, he calls his own plays which is a responsibility that the elite pros have a reservation for.  Wiggins just replies, WE work hard.   That is the mark of an elite player, as Dayjawn does not hang on his past accolades, only a snipers like focus on the best championship.  In his mind the NEXT championship.  For the two time defending champions, their field general is unmistakable.  Wiggins has a laundry list of things that he has done which have made the profile of the PFL skyrocket.  He even competed against much older players as a quarterback on the collegiate level all star game.  The followers of PFL football know his highlights, and other teams in the Varsity division aim to compete with him.  If they were on paper the laundry list of his accomplishments are underneath his TO DO LIST.

2 Time PFL All Star

2 Time PFL Champion –

2012 – Championship Game MVP

Quarterback of Undefeated 2012 Varsity Team

 

 

HallofFame Raphael Trammel

There are a very few amount of people in sports that can have their name brought up in conversation by purely saying a number.  In basketball, 23 – When you hear or see it most will make the connection. In hockey, 99 – you can’t think of anyone else.  In baseball, 3 – the number that built legendary tales of triumph.  In the Pioneer League, 9 – there is no need to go any further because once you hear the number you have already started on the story of how Raphael Trammell won a game for you, or destroyed your gridiron dreams on a single play.

The story of the PFL began before our inaugural championship game in 2013, but if the story was a movie, that flashpoint of the PFL story would begin with Raphael Trammell returning a kickoff for a touchdown… It would end with Trammell returning a second kickoff for a touchdown.  The young man is dynamic off the field, as artistic as he his physical.  He is so dynamic on the field that you have no other choice but to include him in your gameplan.  In his PFL career he was better than 65% to the house on kickoffs… what would have been statistical impossibility in your mind had you never seen him play.  A pure athlete that you want to put the ball in his hands and he will immediately change the game.  His big returns include the PFL All Star games vs the  Connecticut Ravens in 2012, and the New Jersey Spartans in 2013.  But he has and will most likely be for a very long time, the only player to be responsible for all points by a winning team in a PFL Championship game.  He followed it up by joining the same team he tormented for a Spring Classic championship in 2014.  Overall, Trammell wrote the part of the script of PFL history that makes it a book that you can’t put down.

2 time PFL All Star

2 Time Champion

2012 Championship  Game MVP