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PostSubject: Re: George Hall of St. Paul Pioneers Named to American Football Hall of Fame   Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:42 am

Very well deserved. Congrats to George and the Pioneers!
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PostSubject: Pioneers story about Hall induction   Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:25 pm

Communications Intern Cassandra Kickert writes about George Hall's induction into the Hall of Fame:

Original Pioneer George “Juice” Hall to be inducted into American Football Hall of Fame

By Cassie Kickert

The good news just keeps coming for the St. Paul Pioneers, who play the North Texas Longhorns for what would be their second national championship in Daytona Beach, Florida, on January 19.

Pioneers President Chris Kelderman decided it was time to recognize all the valuable contributions George Hall, aka “Juice”, has made to the team over the years. What better way to do that than to nominate him for induction into the American Football Hall of Fame?

So, shortly after the season ended, Kelderman did just that. Hall accepted the nomination and, about a week ago, Kelderman sent Hall a text message saying “Congrats!” Hall asked him what he was talking about. Hall was so busy working as a Surgical Software Analyst, he had not had time to check his e-mail yet. Kelderman also got an e-mail notification saying Hall had been accepted for induction because he was the one who nominated Hall.

How does it feel to be the first Pioneer in the Hall of Fame?

“Bittersweet” was the word Hall used to describe how he felt. He said other Pioneers, like the recently retired Damien Rochon-Washington and Guillaume Paek and defensive line coach Jim Walsh, should also be in the Hall of Fame.

Kelderman said he isn’t surprised that is how Hall felt. He has known Hall for a long time and said, “For as out-going as he is, George is very humble and knows everything that others have given to the Pioneers.”

In fact, the Pioneers wouldn’t exist today were it not for Hall. He stepped in as owner of the team as it was about to disband before the 2008 season. Hall is the one who brought the Pioneers to national recognition, according to Kelderman, as the team reached the NAFL Elite Eight in 2008 and won the NAFL National Championship over the Nashville Storm in 2009. Success seems to follow him wherever he goes. Hall also won championships with the former Minneapolis Lumberjacks.

“Without George, semi-pro football would not be the same in the Twin Cities,” Kelderman said.
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PostSubject: George Hall of St. Paul Pioneers Named to American Football Hall of Fame   Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:20 pm

We have referred to George Hall by a lot of terms of endearment over the years.

Lineman. Equipment Guy. Owner. Board Member. King Juicy. Juice.

Now, the St. Paul Pioneers are proud to hang another name on a guy who has been one of the keys to all of our 102 wins, seven league championships and one National Title since 2002: Hall of Famer.

Former team owner and current Pioneers Board Member Geor
ge “Juice” Hall has been named to the American Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Hall will be honored soon in a recognition ceremony in Miami, Florida.

Board member and Assistant Head Coach James Walsh has known “Juice” since they were members of the Minneapolis Lumberjacks together in the late 1990s. He praised the decision to add Hall to the Hall of Fame.

“No one in this part of the country has played a larger role in building the quality of amateur football than Juice,” Walsh said. “The way he has helped build the Pioneers into one of the top teams in the nation, while still reaching out to other teams and forging relationships with players, coaches, owners and board members throughout the area has helped our sport grow in stature and in recognition.”

The St. Paul Pioneers are proud to have one of our own going into the Hall of Fame. It is well-deserved. Congratulations to our friend and our teammate!

Here is what the Hall of Fame said in its letter to Juice:
November 28, 2012
Mr. George Hall
2949 Wimbledon Drive
Woodbury, Minnesota 55125
Dear Hall of Famer:
CONGRATULATIONS and WELCOME! You have been accepted for induction into the American Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
Our fourth American Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, honoring a “League of Extraordinary People” from all levels of American Football, will take place this year in Miami, Florida.
You will be receiving additional information under separate cover. Please feel free to contact either of us for any assistance we can give.
Again, congratulations and welcome. We are honored.
Cordially,
Board of Directors

Jesse Wiggins Dick Suess TBA
Southeast Region Northwest Region Central States Region

Guy “Tiny” Lee Mercedes Wiggins TBA
Midwest Region Southeast Region Northeast Region
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