Over the next few weeks myself and the other beat writers of the SFL are going to be putting out a series of articles about the first class of nominations to be inducted into the SFL Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held at the SFL convention, July 13th-15th in Irving, Texas. I’d like to start by thanking all of my fellow beat writers in taking on this endeavor in hopes to get more quality content for our SFL fans to enjoy. Without further ado, we venture into the first take of the first class of SFL Hall of Fame nominations series; The First Class.
D.R. Sim (User-Player)
Team owners in the SFL had constant nightmares in the nights leading up to a game. The painstaking process of gameplanning for their upcoming opponent made all the more difficult by the mere fact of knowing who that opponent was. This was, and still is, the power the name of Houston Hyena wide receiver, D.R. Sim brought. Speed, agility, hands and the mere fact that he was a big play guaranteed to happen at least once, if not twice a game, helped to carve out his legacy. Many people call them “Game Changing Plays,”; for Sim, they were just another day at the office. His initials, D.R. quickly gave him the name ‘The Doctor,’ and he proved time and time again how much he deserved the moniker, as he surgically dissected each defense he lined up against. Through his first 5 seasons in the league, Sim totalled 6292 yards on 358 receptions while taking 47 of the receptions into the endzone for touchdowns. Those numbers average out to an astounding 1258 yards per season on 71 catches per season and 9.4 touchdowns. Statistically speaking, his best year was in Season 6 when he caught 62 passes for 1,442 yards and 11 TD’s; averaging an ungodly 23.3 yards per reception and 110.9 yards per game for the newly formed Houston Hyenas; helping them reach the Championship game in just their first season before falling to the Queen City Corsairs.
Should D.R. Sim be inducted into the Hall of Fame on this ballot?:
Few wide receivers instilled fear and anxiety into opposing defensive coordinators as much as D.R. Sim. With the numbers he has amassed over his career, he sits at #8 on the All-Time receiving yards list. He is currently the highest active player in the SFL for receiving yards. While his active status means that his numbers aren’t quite done growing, he is still up for nomination in the first class for the SFL Hall of Fame. In comparison to other 4 (5 total) User Player nominations, he sits in the middle of the pack on their respective All-Time list. Taking that into consideration, I believe at ballot time, D.R. Sim will be taking his place in the Hall as part of the inaugural class.
Koma Keleka (Non-User Player)
Field Position: one of the most overlooked aspects of the game of football. Poor starting field position puts the offense in bad position to score, having to drive a very long length of the field. Good starting field position makes that endeavor much easier with less field to travel. No one was better at giving his team advantageous field position after punts and kickoffs than the return specialist extraordinaire, Koma Keleka. Not only did he do return duty, he was a dominant force on the defensive side of the ball, wreaking havoc on opposing passing attacks, shutting down star wide receivers as a cornerback or commanding the field like a general from his free safety position. As a return-man, Keleka was a big play waiting to happen, averaging almost 26 yards per kick return, he amassed a total of 7665 yards and turned 13 of those into points for his team by taking them to the endzone, putting him at the top of the all-time list in both categories. As a member of the defense, he terrorized opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers, totalling 467 tackles and 44 INTs, returning 2 of those for touchdowns. He is #9 in All-Time total tackles, #2 in interceptions and currently tied for #4 in defensive touchdowns.
Should Koma Keleka be inducted into the Hall of Fame on this ballot?:
No other player in league history has as many interceptions, return yards or return TDs as Keleka. His position on his All-time lists speak for themselves. He was in a class of his own when he played and deserves the Hall of Fame nod. Few players had such an impact on each game as he did.
Jermaine Smith (Staff, Owner, Contributor)
Hexing master, roster keeper, Lord Destro, SFL President. These are but a few names that Jermaine Smith is known as. As an owner of Season 5 expansion team, the DC Dragons, Smith made his impact felt immediately upon the SFL. In his first season as owner he led his charges to the championship game against the Santa Fe Gorillas, a game in which they triumphed in what many call the greatest game ever played in league history. Smith led his Dragons for 3 seasons, spanning from season 5 thru season 7, after which the team was shut down so Smith could take over as President of the SFL and focus all of his time into creating the rosters for each team. As of Season 10, Smith began to edit teams on a weekly basis with the introduction of player progression. With his help, the league could grow into a massive beast challenging the likes of even the NFL.
Should Jermaine Smith be inducted into the Hall of Fame on this ballot?:
Simply put, yes. Without his key contributions in the league, it wouldn’t be even close to what it has become already. As an owner and the SFL President, he has left his mark on league history and needs to be recognized.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this iteration of breakdowns on a few of our Hall of Fame nominees and I greatly appreciate your time. Stay tuned to the league website in the following weeks as my fellow best writers continue this series.
By Ryan Michaels