HALL OF FAME
Welcome to the FlagPlus Football Hall of Fame!
Each year since 2011, five players, one staff/contributor, and one official (referee) are inducted into the league's Hall of Fame. The requirement to be considered eligible is full participation in a minimum of ten seasons.
Inductees are selected from a list of candidates put forth by the FPF Selection Committee.
The original voting method, used from 2011 through 2013, relied solely on the choices of our Selection Committee. As of 2014, the selection process relies on the ballots of both past inductees and FPF Staff members.
The new inductees are named every year, in early February.
Patrick Chénard’s FPF career began in the 2006 Winter Season with ‘Express’. In addition to the Express, he’s played with the Titans, Montreal’s Finest, Wildcats and the Triple Sixers.
Chénard’s first season in FPF was record-breaking. As an eighteen year-old freshman in Division 2, he pulled in 19 interceptions in ten games, a record that still stands today. That season ended with a one-point loss, in the conference finals to the eventual champion Wolverines.
In the Winter of 2008, Chénard and the Express pulled off one of –if not, the biggest upset in FPF history, by defeating the seemingly unbeatable Demons in the D2 conference finals. After defeating the Red Army, in convincing fashion, the following game, Chénard was awarded with the ‘Playoff MVP’ award.
Chénard had a chance to be just the third player ever to win two championships in the same season. However, in D1, that same year, he and Montreal's Finest wound up losing to the Hurricanes in the Finals. But something was gained having to step in for an injured Zan Symonds at quarterback, that season. Chénard seemed to mature both as a quarterback and as an individual playing with the Finest that winter.
After a rough year in 2009, Chénard and the Express bounced back in 2010. After a rough regular season, barely qualifying for the playoffs, they pulled off the (scratch off above statement) biggest upset in league history, knocking off Chénard’s heavily favored former teammates, Montreal’s Finest, in the semis. After defeating the Expos in the championship game, he collected his second playoff MVP award to go along with his second championship.
Chénard has won three regular season individual awards; W’06 & W’10 Defensive Player of the Year and S’09 Two-Way Player of the Year. He’s also won two championships, and two playoff MVP awards.
Rochdi Benabdelkader’s career began with Badman in winter 2005. He’s also played with the Demons, DPM, Notre Dame, Ruff Ryders, Messengers of Happiness, Ruff Ryders of Happiness, Kingz, Expos, DK, Goodfellas and FTMP.
Benabdelkader is known for his excellent hands, route running and knowledge of the game. Having played with primarily three quarterbacks, Carmine Pollice, Benny Goodfriend and Paul Lapierre, there are not many players who’ve been targeted more often than him.
Winter 2007 was his first breakout season, winning the ‘Receiver of the Year’ award in D2 while playing for DPM. His two other biggest statistical seasons were in Spring 2008 (DA) with the Kingz and winter 2009 (D1) with the Demons. In total, he has won the ‘Reciever of the Year’ award three times.
In the last few seasons, Benabdelkader has taken on a primary role on the defensive side of the ball, devising his schemes for the Expos, Ruff Ryders and Goodfellas, to name a few.
Starting last winter season, with DK, Benabdelkader has begun playing the Quarterback position with hopes of possibly climbing up to higher divisions.
Made famous by his Afro and controversial “spin move”, Benabdelkader is one of the most well liked players in the league, and is often sought out to share some of his football smarts. He’s been credited by members of the spring 2009 Kingz, for having put together the defensive schemes that slowed down the powerful offenses of the Alkaholiks and Mercenaries in back to back weeks, leading to a Div B championship, while injured.
Benabdelkader has won three championships: S’07 Div A, S’08 Div A and S’09 Div B. He was selected as the ‘Playoff MVP’ after the spring 2008 playoffs with the Kingz.
Kevin Wyeth’s career started in the Winter of 2006 with the ‘Irish’. He’s also played with the Guns, Montreal’s Finest, High Rollerz, Hot Boyz, Pacmen, Shockers and ONS.
Wyeth’s first playoff run came with the Irish in the Spring of 2006, when his team made it out of a tough conference that included the Hurricanes and Notorious D, to make it to the finals, where they lost to the Young Guns.
After a few solid seasons, his breakout campaign came with Montreal’s Finest in winter 2009, where he put up incredible numbers from day one, and capped it off in dramatic fashion, with a triple-overtime win against the Hurricanes in the finals.
That epic shootout with the Hurricanes, which capped off a third consecutive bout between the two heavyweights in the D1championship game, will go down as possibly the best championship game ever played. Wyeth finished the game an astounding 18 for 20 for 255 yards and 6 TDs (not counting some great throws in OT).
His ensuing spring title with the Shockers only cemented 2009 as the ‘Year of Kevin Wyeth’. Only one other player has led his team (as QB) to winter and spring season titles in the same calender year. Wyeth is the only one to win playoff MVP for both.
For those who would argue that Wyeth only starred on extremely talented teams, you don’t need to look further than his run with the D2 ‘Pacmen’ in winter 2009. After taking over a team with a losing record, and marginal D2 talent, he led them to the conference finals.
His two-plus year run with Montreal’s Finest has been one of the most dominant individual runs in league history. He looks to win his third championship this winter.
In addition to his two championships and ‘Playoff MVP’ awards, Wyeth has also won the ‘Quarterback of the Year’ award four times; S’07, S’08, S’09, W’10,
Kishon Thompson’s FPF career began with Montreal’s Finest in winter 2006. Kishon has also played with the Hot Boyz, High Rollerz, Beauties, Shockers, Notre Dame and ONS.
From his first season, onward, Thompson has been one of the best two-way players in the league. He is also considered as one of the best leaders and on-field generals in FPF. Known for his highly emotional play and ultra competitive nature, he is still regarded as one of the most respected players around.
Twice selected as the ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ in 2008. (Both winter and summer), Thompson is the captain and backbone for the Montreal’s Finest defense.
Scoring over 40 TD since Winter 2009, and never recording less than 20 tackles in any season, Thompson is the perfect model of consistency. Known for playing on some deep rosters, in the highest divisions, his statistics will not blow anyone away. However, when you consider his overall value to some of FPF’s best teams, it is no wonder why Kishon Thompson remains one of the league’s most revered players.
He is a two-time champion, both coming in 2009. Winter with Montreal’s Finest, and spring with the Shockers. He has also been nominated to the FPF All-Star game as often as any player in league history.
Carmine Pollice’s FPF career began in the inaugural FPF season of 2005. He’s played with the Young Guns, Sharks, Demons, Maroons, Notre Dame, Kingz and Mercenaries. In this, his eleventh season in the league, Pollice’s long-list of hardware is unmatched. A six-time champion, including the winner of the first three championship trophies, Pollice was also voted playoff MVP a record three times. (W’05, S’06, S’07)
Pollice is also no stranger to any individual accolades. He’s won ‘Quarterback of the Year’ three times (S’06,W’08, S’10) and the ‘Two-Way Player of the Year’ once, in 2008, as quarterback and defender with Notre Dame in division 1.
Fairly or not, quarterbacks are often judged by how they perform on the big stage. Pollice is 6-0 in FPF championship games, all of them being at the highest level.
Since the inception of the FPF All-Star game, Pollice has qualified every time he played enough games to be considered at both the QB and receiver positions.
Through his ten-plus seasons in FlagPlus Football, many have agreed that Pollice has set the standard for the Quarterback position in this league.
Thomas Cesari has been officiating games in FPF since its inception, in 2005. For eight years, Thomas has built a reputation for himself, centered on his hustle, knowledge of the rules and professionalism.
Having been called upon several times over the years to officiate Division 1/Division A Championship Finals, Thomas is no stranger to big games. As a tackle football official, Thomas has climbed up the charts quickly; most recently, he was selected to be a part of the officiating crew for the 2011 Vanier Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia. For those “in the know”, it is believed that Tom is on the fast track to becoming a CFL zebra.
Thomas has also been a member of the FPF Rules Committee over the past two seasons, and has volunteered his time to work on both the Rule Book and help assemble a Mechanics Guide for all FPF officials to use as a reference.
We are grateful to have Thomas as one of our Senior Officials, and are proud to award him the inaugural FPF Hall of Fame nomination in the Referee’s Category.
Daron Basmadjian got involved with FlagPlus Football in 2006 as a scorekeeper and writer. The league was looking to add some substance to the website and called upon Daron, an avid sports fan who was up for to the challenge of putting something together the players would enjoy. His articles were insightful and entertaining. He continued to cover the entire league for four seasons. Keep in mind, Daron’s coverage included every division, which had reached 60+ teams by Winter 2007.
In his last season as a writer, in Spring 2007, Daron’s team captured the Division 3 championship. His final article was the perfect send-off to a great couple of years being the voice of a then up and coming FlagPlus Football League.
As the Winter 2008 season approached, Daron was approached with an idea to host a new webcast show that would air on the FlagPlus Football website on a weekly basis. Along with his panel of analysts Moe Khan, Ross Castleton and Rehan Sarwar, Daron had the opportunity to break down the games of the week and discuss various topics from around the league, which had now grown to four divisions in Montreal, and one in both Ottawa and Toronto. Daron’s professionalism and delivery, along with his mixed-in humor, made the WEPL’s first season more successful than anyone would have thought.
After a few more seasons as host of the show, Daron and Moe decided to swap seats and change roles. Daron was now an analyst as opposed to being the host. Being a person who has a strong opinion about most topics, the analyst’s chair was more of a challenge and a better overall fit.
Daron became popular with many FlagPlus Football members over the years, being a person who took interest in the league and was always looking to make the player’s experience a better one. He can be credited with having an influence over most, if not all, of the FPF ‘Media’ outlets. His articles set the bar extremely high for the writers that followed; the WEPL’s steady progress over the years had Daron’s fingerprints all over them. Most of all, however, it was Daron’s vision that turned the Championship Game Road Shows into the full-on experience they are today. His true understanding of what people want, while maintaining a grasp on what is realistic and what isn’t, has added many great aspects to this league.
Daron has given so much to the league over the years, and continues to be a valuable asset to the FPF team, helping out with the ‘Breaking the Huddle’ interviews and Championship Game play-by-play commentary.
Despite the fact that he has won two championships as a player, (Mustangs – Division 3 – Spring 2007; Average Joe’s – Division D – Spring 2011) Daron will be the first to tell you he is nowhere close to being a Hall of Fame candidate as a player. That said, we’ll mention that he has enjoyed a long playing stint in this league with the likes of Notre Dame, Filet Mignon, Doggone Bawlclub, Vitamines C and Yari’s Autonomics, as well as a one-game stint with the Ruff Ryders in Division A in Spring 2010 (which was strictly out of desperation!)
Paul Kamel got his start playing a complementary role on the Winter 2006 Lounge Six team that went a perfect 10-0 in the regular season, before losing to the eventual champion Young Guns in the Conference Finals.
After playing with the Jets in Division 2 during the Spring 2006 season, Paul and his friend Daniele Gentile launched Click Clack in the Winter of 2007.
In both the Winter of 2007 and 2008, with Click Clack, and Spring 2007 with The U, Paul’s teams put together winning seasons in Division 2 and Division 3 respectively, before slipping up in the playoffs.
In the summer of 2008, Paul tested his mettle as pivot for the first time in FPF, playing QB for the G-Men. After an up and down regular season, Paul and the boys caught fire at the right time and knocked off the Buckeyes, who were led by Paul’s future teammate Nathan Taylor, in a tight Championship game. Paul was named Playoff MVP for his dominance on both sides of the ball.
2009 was a good year for Paul, but 2010 is likely the year that officially put him on the map. In the Winter season, he edged out Matt Norzil to win Division 2 Receiver of the Year, hauling in 22 TDs and averaging 19 yards per reception. Click Clack’s championship run fell short in the semi-finals yet again. In the Spring season, however, Paul led a team loaded with talent to a second Division B championship in three spring seasons.
Paul and his G-Men are enjoying their second straight winning season in Division 2, where he is looking to win his third FPF championship. He is regarded as one of the best two-way threats and offensive play callers in the league.
In eleven-plus seasons, Paul has played for Lounge Six, the Jets, The U, Click Clack, G-Men, Bandits and Rainmakers. He has won Receiver of the Year (Division 2 – Winter 2010) and Playoff MVP (Division B – Spring 2008).
Gino Di Fazio
Gino got his start in FPF in Winter 2006 with the Wolverines. That first season ended in a perfect season with a Division 2 Championship to his name. Rather than continuing on together, the Wolverines and Gino parted ways and led to him playing the Spring 2006 season with the Sharks.
Once the Winter 2007 season rolled along, Gino began his string of success recruiting players like no one else before him in this league. Whether it was finding players from senior tackle football, other FPF teams or even younger players climbing up the ranks in junior/CEGEP football, one thing was clear: Gino could recruit.
Over the years, Gino has put together some talented teams and he’s been reaping the fruits of his labor. His six championships trail only his friend and teammate Carmine Pollice. (Winter 2006 – Division 2; Winter 2007 – Division 3; Spring 2007 – Division 2; Winter 2010 – Division 3; Spring 2010 – Division A; Spring 2011 – Division A).
Gino's best statistical year was definitely Winter 2010. In Division 3 with the D-Boys, he threw for 54 TDs and 2200 Yards+. His QB Rating of 120.6 was far and away the best in the division. In the playoffs, he improved his ratio to 22 TDs versus only 2 INTs and upped his QB Rating to 123.8. In Division 2 that same Winter, he was second in TDs with 52 and first in passing yards. His QB rating of 112.1 was also in the top 5.
Gino's received two individual honors: Quarterback of the Year (Spring 2008 – Division C); Playoff MVP (Winter 2010 – Division 3).
Gino has played for a long list of teams in FPF: Wolverines, Sharks, Demons, Terminators, SWAT, Mercenaries, Guerillaz, D-Boys, Ruff Ryders of Happiness and Strangers.
Tony Tabet has been playing in FPF since its inaugural season. His Wolverines are one of only two teams (Turf Toe Inc.) to have played in all eight Winter seasons since the start of the league.
Known for his great leadership skills and team-first attitude, Tony has mentored a long list of younger players over the years. Along with his other long-time teammates Shane Paquette, Raffi Kozanian and Serge Moumdjian, Tony has seen a long list of players come and go on the Wolverines roster over the years. For that reason, the multi-talented Tabet has had to fill in at both quarterback and receiver when need be, thus affecting his statistics at either position. Up until 2011, it seemed as though Tony was always trying to find the next great QB for his team, only to realize sometime during the season that despite his limited QB skill-set, he vastly outperformed anyone else he would bring in.
He is one of only four players to have multiple Playoff MVP awards under his belt. In the Winter of 2006, his Wolverines capped off a perfect season, with tightly contested wins in both the semi-finals and championship game. On both occasions, Tony was needed to chip in at QB, receiver and on defense.
More recently, in the Summer of 2011, Tony led his underdog Snookers to a Division B championship, knocking off the heavily favored Trojans in the championship game. He had a 19-1 touchdown to interception ratio in three games en route to this second Playoff MVP award.
Tony earned the respect of many across FPF when he endured through three tough seasons in Division 1 between 2007 and 2009. While most teams would have opted to drop back down to D2 after a rough season against the league’s best, Tony and his teammates stuck it out against deeper and more talented teams for three losing seasons. Based on those years in D1, in addition to having had to switch positions so often over the years, Tony has surprisingly never been selected to an FPF All-Star team.
With three championships under his belt (Division 2 – Winter 2006; Division A – Spring 2008; Division B – Spring 2011), and having played an integral part in all three, Tony is a well-deserving Hall of Famer and a steady underdog most people can’t help but cheer for, and a perfect example that the Hall of Fame is not just about All-Star selections and Individual Awards.
Over the years Tony has played for the Wolverines, Da Nation, Vipers, Kingz, Snookers, All Blacks, RHC and Point Point.
Shane began his playing days in FPF’s inaugural season. His Hurricanes made it to the first Championship Game in 2005, before losing to the undefeated Young Guns. After an early exit from the playoffs in both the Winter and Spring seasons of 2006, the Hurricanes began their run of dominance. Regarded as FPF’s second true dynasty, they won D1 Championships in Winter 2007 and 2008. They were a few plays away from winning three straight championships, in 2009, only to fall to Montreal’s Finest in double overtime, in what is still considered the best FPF game ever played.
Despite the deep roster the Hurricanes fielded on a yearly basis, Shane always seemed to stand out in some way. A two-way threat, who could make plays anywhere on the field, on either side of the ball, Shane has always been a team first player. Statistically, he has been a consistent force, being selected to multiple All-Star games at the highest level. Surprisingly, Shane has never won a regular season individual award, but has always arguably been the best player on some of the best teams in FPF history.
Shane’s only personal hardware was won in April of 2007, when he claimed the “Playoff MVP” award in the Hurricanes first Championship season. In addition to his dominant playoff run, Shane stood out from the rest when he made the most important play of the game in a low-scoring, tightly-contested game against Montreal’s Finest. Late in the contest, with the Finest driving to take the lead, Shane anticipated a shovel pass, and stepped in front of the unsuspecting receiver, to intercept the ball and take it back for six points. That play sealed both the game’s fate, as well as Shane Williams’ as a big game player.
Widely respected in the league, Shane has played in D1 every Winter season, starting with the Hurricanes (2005-2010) and more recently with Old Skool (2010-2011). He is one of only two players (Jay Ulley) to win three Winter Division 1 Championships (W07, W08, W11). Shane has also played with the Rainmakers, the Gold Standard and the Polvige Dolphins. Despite the lack of individual awards, Shane has unquestionably been one of the best players in the history of this league and is the true definition of a winner.
Known for his indefensible size and strong hands as a receiver, Paul is quite possibly the best red-zone threat in the history of FPF. In addition to being one of the best receivers in Division 1/A on a yearly basis, he has also developed into an excellent quarterback. So much so that he was able to lead his Ruff Ryders to a Division 2 championship in Winter 2011, a season in which he also was named the division’s most outstanding QB.
Paul got his start in the Spring of 2007, playing receiver for the D2 Champion Demons. He was selected to participate in the inaugural All-Star game that summer. From that summer onward, he has built up a reputation as one of the best all-around offensive threats and has been selected to numerous other All-Star games.
In the Spring 2011 season, he tied a record owned by Simon Charbonneau-Campeau, which no one thought would ever be touched: Most Touchdown Receptions in a Season, with 27. He averaged almost three touchdowns grabs per game, while being a part of the best statistical offense in league history.
Paul has won multiple individual awards at different levels of FPF: Co-Receiver of the Year (Division A – Spring 2009); Quarterback of the Year (Division 2 – Winter 2011); Receiver of the Year (Division A – Spring 2011).
He has won three championships (Division 2 – Spring 2007; Division 2 Winter 2011; Division A – Spring 2011). He has also been to several more championship games, where he ended up on the losing end.
Paul has played with the Demons, Ruff Ryders, Expos, Ruff Ryders of Happiness, Alkaholiks, Evolution, Mercenaries and Victorious Secret.
Matt Kirouac is the first rusher inducted into the Hall of Fame. In the history of the league, only four rushers have won the Defensive Player of the Year Award, Matt has won it twice (only one other player has done so). He has excelled as a rusher in the lower divisions, where he most often had to contain and slow down mobile QBs; as well as in the highest division, where the goal is to get to the QB as quickly as possible and try to take away the middle of the field as a passing lane.
His work against some of the most agile QBs in FPF have allowed his teams to dominate the defensive side of the football. The rusher position is by far the most underrated position on the field; you can only know its true importance when you face a player who can change your game plan and take over the game: no one does that more often than Matt.
Always a contributor on the offensive side of the ball, as well; his excellent speed and agility make him a dangerous player once the football is in his hands.
Matt made his first All-Star game in his first season (Winter 2008) as a member of the Jokers. Since then, no one has consistently dominated the rusher position quite like he has.
He has won two championships: Division A – Spring 2012; Division 3 – Winter 2010. He's won two individual awards: Defensive Player of the Year twice (Div 3 – Winter 2008 / Div 3 – Winter 2009).
Matt's teams include Jokers, D-Boys, Mercenaries, Clockwork, DA Finest, Messengers of Happiness
Karim Binette in one of the three remaining members of the original Montreal’s Finest team in Winter 2006; they are now all FPF Hall of Famers. He is considered one of the few defensive specialists in an offensive-driven Division 1. As a great “cover-corner”, Karim often drew the assignment of lining up against the opposing team’s fastest and best receiver. Having played Division 1 and 2 over the last eight years, he’s had to cover some talented players, and has always fared quite well.
Always known as the “face” of Montreal’s Finest, along with close friend Kishon Thompson, Karim is a well-respected, long-time member of FPF and one of the league’s great leaders.
Karim has won four FPF Championships: Division 1 - Winter 2009; Division A – Spring 2009; Division 1 – Winter 2012; Division A – Spring 2012.
He has won two individual awards: Defensive Player of the Year (Div 1 – Winter 2009 / Div 1 - Winter 2011)
Karim's teams include Montreal’s Finest, Hot Boyz, Kingz, Shockers, Rage, Mercenaries
Alex Lever has become into one of FPF’s best dual-threat offensive players in recent years, starring at both the receiver and quarterback positions.
His three championships were won playing receiver/defensive back for the Kings/Gladiateurs. All of those titles were won from an “underdog” role of sort. His teammates, much like him, are often overlooked due to their diminutive size. However, they play game of FPF football as well as anyone; combining precise route running and passing, stemming from excellent play-calling.
Alex’s high flag-football IQ is matched by few, and has surely led to his success over the years.
He got his start as a QB with the Cobras in 2009, where he won the D4 QB of the Year award. From there he worked his way up, and reached his highest point as a pivot in the Spring of 2010, when he led his Prestige World Wide team to the Division B Championship game, only to come up one game short.
He is known best for his on-field intensity and his passion for the game, and is one of the few players who has made a name for himself in both the higher and lower divisions of FPF over the course of his time in the league.
Alex has won three FPF Championships: Division 2 – Spring 2006; Division B – Spring 2009; Division B – Spring 2012.
He has also won two individual awards: QB of the Year (Div 4 – Winter 2009); QB of the Year (Div C – Spring 2012).
His teams include the Kings, Ballerz, Cobras, Gladiateurs, Prestige World Wide
Akked Moore may be one of our lesser-known Hall of Famers. He is not the type of player or person to call attention to himself. But if you ask any opponent who’s been asked to cover him over the last eight years, they’ll likely tell you he’s one of—if not the toughest receiver to matchup against.
Moore, along with Kishon Thompson and Karim Binette are the only players to play on every Montreal’s Finest Winter team since 2006. His connection with QB Kevin Wyeth is one of the best in FPF. We’ve seen Wyeth become reliant on Moore in some tightly contested playoff games over the years. One game that comes to mind was Winter 2012’s D1 semi-final game versus the Demons. In as tight a playoff game you’ll ever see, the Finest escaped with a 41-40 victory. Moore caught 11 balls for 154 yards and 3 TDs.
Always known for his strength, excellent hands and deceptive speed, Akked has recently made a name for himself on the defensive side of the ball. In Spring 2012, he won the Defensive Player of the Year award despite missing several games. This recent addition to his arsenal has truly confirmed what many already knew: Akked Moore is one of the best all-around football players in FPF history.
Akked Moore has won four FPF Championships: Division 1 - Winter 2009; Division A – Spring 2009; Division 1 – Winter 2012; Division A – Spring 2012.
He has won three individual awards: Two-Way Player of the Year (Div 1 – Winter 2007); Receiver of the Year (Div 1 – Winter 2008); Defensive Player of the Year (Div A – Spring 2012).
Nareg Yessayan is widely regarded as one of the best two-way threats in FPF history. Getting his start in Winter of 2006 with the Vipers, Nareg was an immediate difference-maker. He captured his first award in his second season (Spring 2006). The following summer, he won his first Championship, as a member of the Division 3 Mustangs.
In 2009, he joined his good friend Paul Kamel, playing for Click Clack, and they went on to form one of the league's best duos for several years, playing for the G-Men. In that same Winter 2009 season, Nareg along with the rest of the Wolverines, struggled in a strong Division 1. The team had trouble for much of the season, yet Nareg was still able to put up stellar numbers, catching passes from friend and fellow HOFer, Tony Tabet.
Nareg is known for his laid back personality, and is one of the most respected and well-liked players in FPF.
Nareg has won two FPF Championships: Division 3 – Spring 2007; Division B – Spring 2010.
He has also won five individual awards: Receiver of the Year twice (Div 2 – Spring 2006 / Div 2 – Winter 2008). Two-Way Player of the Year (Div B – Spring 2009); Defensive Player of the Year (Div 2 – Winter 2012) and Playoff Most Valuable Player (Div B – Spring 2010).
His teams include the Vipers, Mustangs, Wolverines, Click Clack, G-Men, Messengers of Happiness
Stéphane Beaupré began officiating FlagPlus Football games during the league's second season, in Winter 2006.
Stéphane is widely regarded as one FPF's best officials by the players of the league. He is an extremely hard worker and takes his job very seriously. His hustle and calm demeanor are appreciated by many players throughout the league and as a result Stéphane is often assigned to officiate some of the FPF's biggest games. He has been called upon to officiate multiple Division 1/A Championship games.
A great story that personifies Stephane is the following: Throughout the nine Winter seasons of FPF, there has only been one weather-related cancellation that caused the league to postpone games. Due to a sudden accumulation of snow during the afternoon of March 9th, 2009, league managers were late in contacting all teams and officials to postpone the evening's games to another night. Two teams were not contacted early enough to stop them from traveling. When they arrived at the field in Laval, Stéphane was the only official present and thus we were able to get the game in rather than sending both teams home upset. It took Stéphane five hours to get home that night. You never heard a complaint from him.
Leo Gervais made his FPF officiating debut in the Spring season of 2006- FPF's third season of existence. From the very beginning, his excellent communication skills, extensive knowledge of the rulebook and hustle made him a favorite with the players.
Following the Spring 2010 season, Leo was named as the league's Referee-in-Chief. Since taking over this position, Leo implemented several new policies that significantly improved the overall effectiveness of the refereeing in FPF. As an original member of the Disciplinary Committee, as well as an ongoing contributor to the Rules Committee, Leo has played a huge role in shaping the league's structure.
Leo puts a tremendous amount of work into FPF on a weekly basis, while continuing to be one of the league's most respected and well-liked officials on the field of play. He has as much to do with the growth of FPF over the last few years as any other member of the FPF staff.
Francois Lebeau has quietly been one of the most productive Quarterbacks in FPF history. He is one of only three pivots with two playoff MVP awards to his name (Pollice, Wyeth), and is coming off two striaght Winter Division 2 QB of the Year awards. Francois is a highly respected competitor, with a strong arm and pinpoint accuracy; he is also a solid defender and has consistently contributed on both sides of the ball throughout his time in FPF.
His first season came with the Kingz in Spring 2006, where he won the Division 2 Championship. He has since routinely been one of the elite Division 2 QB's, who has tested his mettle in Divisions 1/A several times despite having less physically talented teams than the other top-tier teams. That said, his offensive production never seems to be affected, even at the top level. Despite his immense talent and remarkable success, Frank is routinely referred to as an underdog in FPF's highest divisions.
Frank has three FPF Championships: S’12 (Div B) Gladiateurs; S’09 (Div B) Kingz; S’06 (Div 2) Kingz; as well as four individual awards: W’13 (Div 2) Quarterback of the Year; W’12 (Div 2) Quarterback of the Year; S’09 (Div B) Playoff MVP; S’12 (Div B) Playoff MVP.
His teams include the Gladiateurs, Kingz, AAA.
George Latter has been a key member of the FPF Referees team since he first started in Spring 2006. His mild-temperament and strong communication skills have made him a favorite amongst FPF players for years. George has also played an important role in the FPF Rules Committee and Disciplinary Committee. He is truly passionate about FPF and consistently offers his input on new ideas that can benefit the league. George was only two votes away from being a unanimous decision amongst the player and staff votes.
Nathan Taylor started off his FPF career in the league's inaugural season in 2005 as a teenager; since then he has grown into a feared defender who is often considered amongst the best in league history. Despite never winning an individual award, Nathan has built the reputation of being able to shut down 'half the field' of play and neutralize any receiver lined up in front of him. Mostly playing at the highest level as a DB and WR, Natahan also exceled as a dual-threat Quarterback for several seasons in Divisions 3 and C.
Nathan's ultra-competitive nature, along with his tremendous speed and knowledge of the game have made him a special player in FPF from a very early age. Known more for his contributions on the defensive side of the ball, Nathan has put up several seasons with over 10 TD receptions, when called upon to contribute more on offence.
Nathan has won four FPF Championships: W’09, W’13 (Div 1) Montreal’s Finest; W’10 (Div 2) Texas All-Stars; S’10 (Div B) G-Men
His teams include Montreal’s Finest, Ice Up Son, DA Finest, G-Men, Texas All-Stars, Buckeyes, Killa Beez, Warriors
Moe has worn many hats in his time with FlagPlus Football. His professionalism is unrivaled, and his contributions to the FPF Media are unmatched. He continues to be a an ambassador of FPF, a key member of the staff and the face of the FPF Media.
Moe Khan joined FPF in its inaugural season of 2005, but it wasn't until 2008 that Moe joined the FPF staff as an original member of the 'Weekly Extra Point Live' webcast as an analyst, and then as host from Spring 2008 until Spring 2012. Moe was responsible for preparing the weekly scripts for shows that covered 100+ teams, yet no challenge was too much for Moe. Anyone who has worked with him will tell you his preparation and commitment to anything he does is remarkable.
In addition to being an on-air contributor, Moe wrote a weekly article from 2008-2011, which included both divisional articles and league-wide general takes. In 2013, Moe made the swap of over to the FPF Podcasts, acting as host for several division's shows.
Moe was a key member of the Rules Committee (2010, 2013), where his ideas and votes helped shape FPF's on-field product. This Winter, Moe has begun working as a Scorekeeper as well, only bolstering his FPF responsiblities.
As a side note, in the early days of FPF, Moe helped spread awareness for our new league via his Radio Show on TSN690 (formerly The Team 990).
As a player Moe was one of the founders of the Montreal's Finest team and has one multiple CHmapionships. In addition to the afforementioned Montreal's Finest, his teams include House of Pain, High Rollerz, Notre Dame. Pendant Publishing, Dat's Big!, Montreals' Junior Finest.
Robbie Robinson is considered as one of the most versatile players in league history. He has exceled as a receiver, defensive back and quarterback, and continues to be one of the most dominant players in FPF. This past Winter, when FPF introduced its Player Ratings system, Robbie was the onyl player to land in the top-5 ratings in the entire league on both sides of the ball.
He has had success in the higher divisions as a WR/DB, and also in Divisions 3 and 4 with VPC as a QB.
Robbie is one of the few FPF Hall of Famers who never played tackle football. His natural speed, football instincts and raw athletisism have turned him into one of the best players to have ever played in FPF. In addition to his physical talents, Robbie's good-natured, laid-back persona have made him a favorite amongst teammates and opponents.
Robbie has three FPF Championships: W'08 (D3) Nixon's Renegades; W’11 (Div 1) Old Skool; S’13 (Div C) One Night Stands; as well as four individual Awards: S’13 (Div C) Playoff MVP; W’13 (Div 2) Two -Way Player of the Year; W’12 (Div 3) Two-Way Player of the Year; W’08 (Div 4) Two-Way Player of the Year
His teams include VPC, Orangemen, Primetime, Renegades, Hurricanes, TG, Old Skool, ONS, Purple Haze
Patrick Jerome is one of the most naturally gifted athletes in all of FPF. His ability to take over a game on both sides of the ball is unmatched, his combination of speed and leaping ability have won him the 'Randy Moss of FPF' moniker.
Patrick has made many memorable plays throughout his FPF career, but none more memorable than the one he made at the very end of the Winter 2013 D2 Championship Game. With the game tied, and no plays left in regulation, his opponent was attempting a one-point convert to win the game, Patrick intercepted the pass and took it back 50 yards for the decisive one-point to win the championship!
He made his start in Division 4 with the Triple Sixers, but he was quickly recruited by Division 1 teams, the Bills and then Montreal's Finest. Many people believe he currently cartries the title for current 'best player in FPF'.
Patrick has four FPF Chmapionships: S’09 (Div C) Triple Sixers; S12 (DA) DA Finest; W13 (Div 2) Terror Squad; S13 (DA) DA Finest; as well as four individual awards: S’09 (Div C) Playoff MVP; W’10 (Div 2) Defensive Player of the Year; S’10 (Div A) Receiver of the Year; W13 (D2) Playoff MVP.
His past teams include theTriple Sixers, Terror Squad, Montreal’s Finest, DA Finest, Kingz, Bills
Donald Shepherd has consistently been one of- if not the most- dominant snappers in FlagPlus Football. He has played a key role in Montreal's Finest's run of four straight championships. Known for his excellent hands and deceptive quickness, Don can do it all from the snapper position. Don made his start in Division 4, playing for 'Bomb Squad', where his name was erroneously first-entered onto our site as 'Donald Bombsquad'- the nickname stuck throughout his clime up the FPF ladder.
Before ever joining Montreal's Finest, Donald had three separate seasons where he caught 18 or more touchdowns- officially making him one of the best red-zone threats in the history of the league.
Donald has won five championships: S’10 (Div A) Mercenearies; W’12, W’13 (Div 1) Montreal’s Finest; S’12, S’13 (Div A) DA FInest;
His team's include the Bomb Squad, Lazy Boyz, Montreal’s Finest, DA Finest, Mercenaries.
Donald is also a key member of the FPF Media team, as both a WEPL host and writer.
Teddy finished first amongst this year's candidates with 50 total points, including 6-first place votes (also the highest total).
Teddy Frenette made his FPF debut in 2009 with the Messengers of Happiness. He has played for many other teams including Expos, Bills, Mercenaries, Alkaholiks, Rainmakers and DK.
With one championship to his name, and no individual awards, Teddy may lack some of the hardware that some of the other candidates have accumulated. That said, Teddy is widely considered to be the top defensive player in FPF- which was validated when he received the highest defensive rating in the league in 2014, when player ratings were first revealed.
Considered to be laid-back, lead-by-example leader, he is very well respected by his teammates, opponents and officials.
Statistics often tell only half of the story, and such is the case with Teddy- who has been described as having the ability to shut-down the best receiver on any team over the last half decade.
Garrett finished fourth amongst this year's candidates, with 39 total points, including 2-first place votes.
Garrett Taylor made his FPF debut in 2007, where even at a very young age, his supreme agility and athleticisim led to dominant seasons on both sides of the ball. He was an All-Star (representing the High Rollerz) in Spring 2007- FPF's first ever All-Star game. Since then, Garrett has won multiple championships- Texas All-Stars in D2 and Montreal's/ DA Finest in Division 1 and A, and two Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Garrett is the first FPF Hall of Famer to be born in the 1990's, making him the youngest member of the group.
Danny received 7 of 19 votes to win a tight race.
Danny Roy joined FlagPlus Football as an official in the Winter 2007 season, and has officiated many key contests over the years, including several championship games. His continued hard work and passion for the game are the key factors behind his success in FPF.
Guillaume finished third amongst this year's candidates with 43 total points, including 2-first place votes.
Guillaume Ward started his FPF career in 2006 with CLR Forces. As a young team made up of guys under 20, they upset Montreal's Finest and the Hurricanes in back to back playoff weeks, and earned a trip to the division 1 finals, where they eventually lost to the Young Guns. Guillaume was QB Fred Dupuis' #1 target on offence, while standing out on defence for CLR Forces from 2006-2011.
In Winter 2012, Guillaume played one season with the Demons, before joining Montreal's Finest where he has played a key role on both sides of the ball in three straight championship seasons.
Over his 10+ seasons in FPF, he has buiilt a reputation for being one of the most versatile and intense competitors in the league. Despite that intensity, Guillaume has always conducted himself as a true sportsman with teammates, opponents and officials alike.
Ryan finished second amongst this year's candidates with 46 total points, including 3-first place votes.
Ryan Kastner began his FPF career in 2008 when the Rainmakers played their first and only season in Division 2, before moving up to Division A in the Spriong of that year. The Rainmakers have played in Division 1 and A in every season since.
Having reached the championship game in FPF's highest division on three separate occasions, Ryan has yet to win that elusive first championship. He has won one Quarerback of the Year award- in Spring 2012 when he threw for 50 TDs and only 5 INT.
Despite not having any championships to his name, Ryan is regarded as one of the top handful of Quarterbacks to ever play in FPF. His competitive nature has kept his Rainmakers in the top division, even following sub-par seasons in the past. An all-around great guy who has never received a major penalty in his 15 seasons in the league!
Mathieu finished fifth amongst this year's candidates, with 36 total points, including 3-first place votes.
Mathieu Thuot's FPF career began in the Winter of 2006 where his Express team lost to the eventual champion- Wolverines, by one-point in the semi-finals. The Express would continue on in FPF for many years to come and eventually win two championships.
Thuot's Express teams are also famously known for having pulled-off two of the greatest playoff upsets in FPF history; in 2008 (D2) versus the Demons en-route to their first championship, and in 2010 (D1) against Montreal's Finest, both in semi-final matchups.
Individually, Mathieu has been a stellar two way-player, but his offensive contributions have stood out in recent seasons, having twice won the Receiver of the Year award.
Rehan received 13 of 20 votes.
Rehan Sarwar began his FPF playing career in Winter 2006 with the TD Unit. Leading up to the Winter 2008 season, Rehan was approached about being one of the hosts for a new show called the 'Weekly Extra Point Live', which would air online every week and cover all of FPF's divisions. Rehan continued his role as host/writer for FPF for over five years. His 'good cop' persona, and his 'Rehan's Role Players' segment were always favorites amongst players.
His passion and dedication to FPF- in various roles- have now continued for over 8 years. Rehan played an instrumental part in growing the FPF Media from its very beginnings, and the voters showed their admiration for your talents and longevity.
Nicolas finished first amongst this year's candidates with 60 total points, including 8-first place votes (also the highest total).
Nicolas Arsenault-Hum has consistently been one of FlagPlus Football's best defensive players. He began his FPF career in the Winter of 2008, where he played a key role in the Express's Cinderella playoff-run that season, defeating the heavily favored-Demons in the semifinals and going on to win the Division 2 Championship.
In the years that followed, Nicolas and his Express teammates played at the top level of Division 1, and famously pulled off another huge Semifinal upset, knocking off Montreal's Finest in the Winter D1 playoffs, and then defeating the favored Expos the following week to win the title. Nicolas has consistently been one of the most feared and talented defenders in Division 1/A. In recent seasons, when called upon on offense, he has tallied multiple 10+ TD seasons and continues to amaze everyone who once considered him only a defensive specialist.
Nicolas has been named to multiple D1/A All-Star teams and has one Defensive Player of the Year Award to his name.
Marco finished in a tie for second place amongst this year’s candidates with 50 total points (including 4 first-place votes.)
Marco Masciotra began his FPF career in the Winter of 2011, playing for the D-Boys in Division 3. The following season, Marco began playing QB for Clockwork- in their inaugural season- in Division D, where he won the two-way player of the year award. From that point, Marco’s ascent up the FPF ladder was lightning quick. He began playing QB in two divisions, first 3 and 4, then 2 and 3 and eventually in Division 1 and 2 as of Winter 2015. After a semi-final loss in that first D1 season, Marco and his R&D team bounced back by finally knocking off Montreal’s Finest in the Spring 2015 Division A Championship Game. He became the first QB since Carmine Pollice in Spring 2011 not named Kevin Wyeth to win the championship in the top division.
Along the way Marco has shown his versatility as a terrific QB, a game breaking defensive player and an underrated receiver and has captured 4 other individual awards since his first in Division D. In total, his 4 Two-Way Player of the Year awards are unmatched in FPF History.
Theo finished in a tie for second place amongst this year’s candidates with 50 total points (including 2 first-place votes.)
Theo Ojeaha made his FPF debut in 2009, with Alliance, as a youngster playing with a bunch of his former high-school teachers. In the seven years since then, he has blossomed into arguably FPF’s best two-way player. This past Spring season, Theo finally captured his first individual award, the Finals MVP trophy, by playing a key part in his team’s triumph over seven-time defending champions, Montreal’s Finest; earning him his second career championship.
The now-youngest member of the FPF Hall of Fame can lay claim to two 17+ receiving TD seasons, and multiple 5 INT seasons, however, based on the fact that many feel he has only just entered his prime as a player, Theo is on track to be one of the top players in FPF for the next decade. His blend of athleticism and ball skills set him apart from many of his opponents- even at the highest of football in FPF.
Jacques finished fourth among this year's candidates with 45 total points, including 2-first place votes.
Jacques Void made his FPF debut in Winter 2009 with the Titans in Division 3. In that inaugural season, Jacques blew away the competition and captured his first Receiver of the Year award. He quickly gained the attention of higher division teams, and he has done the majority of his damage in the top two divisions of FPF over the last six years. Jacques has a remarkable six seasons with at least 15 TD receptions and he leads all FPFers with four Receiver of the Year Awards over his career.
Based on the fact that he has played on various teams since joining the league, Jacques has proven that he can click with multiple QBs, having won his 4 awards catching passes from three different QBs (Lapierre , Pollice, Rene). Although it is rare you’ll see Jacques without a smile on his face while off the field, you cannot question his competitive drive while on it. His crisp route-running, deceptive speed and great hands are all part of what makes Jacques so successful.
Jacques has also won three championships and has been selected to multiple All-Star games.
G.M. Kolethras began working regularly for FPF in Spring 2011, when he wrote his "Fourth and Goal" article, covering Division C. He has gone on to wear many proverbial hats in our league; the list includes: co-host on The Weekly Extra Point Live, co-host on several podcasts, play-by-play and color commentator on various championship finals games, author of a weekly article, scorekeeper, disciplinary committee member and rules committee member. Name a role in FPF, and G.M. Kolethras has tackled it at some point over the last five years.
As an employee of the league, G.M. has gone far and above what has been asked of him. His passion for FPF is matched by few, his knowledge of the league, primarily any form of FPF Trivia, is unparalleled.
G.M.'s hard work, creativity and his ability to not only understand how to continously improve the league for its player, but to play a key role in doing so, has made him an invaluable asset to this league, and we are honored to induct him into our Hall of Fame.
Michael finished fifth amongst this year's candidates with 29 total points, including 2-first place votes.
Michael Chitayat made his FPF debut in the Winter of 2008. His Rainmakers reached the Division 2 Semi-Finals in their inaugural season, only to lose a close game to their McGill Redmen teammates, the Red Army. Since then, Michael has been the absolute model of consistency for the Rainmakers, averaging over 10 TD receptions per season in Ryan Kastner’s balanced offensive system. Despite the fact that he played Receiver at McGill during his CIS tenure, it’s Michael’s success on the defensive side of the ball in FPF that has helped him win three Division 1/A Two-Way-Player of the Year awards, making him the only player to do so at the highest level.
Over the past seven-plus years, Michael has won the admiration and respect of his Division 1/A adversaries with his signature calm temperament and humble nature despite his incredible talent and play-making ability.
Jason Leclerc has been inducted into the FPF Hall of Fame as the 2016 Referee Inductee. Jason started out as an FPF official in the Spring of 2010. He has been selected to officiate several upper division championship games over the last few years. Jason is known for his vast knowledge of the rules, which is a direct reflection of his passion for our league.
Jason has been a part of the Disciplinary Committee, Rules Committee and has put in countless hours working on FPF Rulebook modifications and updates.
Players have credited Jason as being a great communicator and appreciate his hustle on the field.
Antonio finished fourth amongst this year's candidates with 30 total points.
Antonio Lanni began his playing career in the Winter of 2009 with the D-Boys. Slowly but surely, the D-Boys continued to improve their roster each season, adding and subtracting players that would eventually see them rise to Division 1/A glory as one of the top teams in the entire league.
Despite all the moving parts, the three Lanni brothers made up the foundation of the franchise. Antoinio quickly became a household name on the defensive side of the ball, seemingly getting better with each passing season despite the competition getting better and better.
What is most impressive about Antonio is that he had little to no experience playing football when we played his first season of FPF. His background as a soccer goalkeeper allowed him to rely on his quickness, instincts/reflexes and excellent hands to transition seamlessly.
Today, Antonio is regarded as one of the best defenders in all of FPF, and one its fiercest competitors. Despite his lack of individual hardware, the effect he has on the game from his defensive position is one that is equally matched from other players.
Antonio is the fourth member of the 2017 Hall of Fame class; congrats!
Walter Berry is the 2017 Hall of Fame class Referee Category inductee.
Walter made his FPF debut in the 2006 Winter season; he returned to FPF in the 2011 Winter season and has been a key member of the officiating team since then. His FPF resume is quite long; Walter has officiated several Division 1/A championship finals games. Season after season, Walter is one of our most booked officials, often officiating more than 100 games in a season.
He has played a crucial role on our FPF Rules committee; his experience as the current editor for the Canadian Amateur Football Rule Book across Canada has helped legitimize the FPF Rule Book and modification process.
His tackle football career includes a six year CFL stint, a long and successful CIS run, which includes a run of over ten straight Dunsmore Cups.
Thank you for all you do for FPF, Walter; and congratulations!
Alex 'Eagle' D'Aquila
Alex D’Aquila is the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee in the Staff/Contributor category.
Alex made his unofficial debut working for FPF in 2011, when he contributed to long-time friend, Andrew D’Anna’s Division 5 weekly write up. Alex volunteered to compile statistics and trends that were used in the article. Thereafter, he produced Andrew’s weekly podcast show and did such a good job, FPF had no choice but to bring him on board permanently!
As of 2012 when Alex made his official debut working for the league, his contributions have been unmatched.
Taking the lead role in producing all of FPF’s weekly video/audio content, Alex helped the league reach new heights. Behind the scenes, Alex had his fingerprints on all of the league’s technological projects- lending a hand in the ratings system development, and many other endeavors.
His true crowning achievement however, has been the FPF Championship Road Show productions. Alex has taken the production to new heights that are completely unprecedented in amateur sports. The FPF Road Show is proof of Alex’s vision and technical skill set- but most of all dedication and passion towards and for FPF!
Congratulations, Alex! And thank you for everything you do.
Bobby finished fifth amongst this year's candidates with 24 total points.
Bobby Mikelberg began his playing career in the Winter of 2008 with the Rainmakers in Division 2. In their inaugural season, they squared off against the Red Army- a team made up entirely of their McGill football teammates, in the semi-final, only to lose a nail biter. As of the very next season, the Rainmakers, who picked up a few players from that Red Army team made the jump to Division A/1 and have never looked back since.
Over the last nine years, the Rainmakers have consistently gone toe-to-toe with the very best teams in FPF, and despite not yet capturing that elusive championship- they have won the respect and admiration of many opponents.
The Rainmakers roster has seen many faces come and go, but the core of the team now has their third inductee, following QB Ryan Kastner and fellow WR/DB Michael Chitayat. Mikelberg has two individual awards to his name and countless All-Star Game nominations.
His combination of size and power has consistently drawn matchups against some of the biggest and strongest players in FPF on both sides of the ball- yet Bobby has continued to come out on top more often than not!
Bobby is the fifth and final member of the 2017 Hall of Fame class; congrats!
Jamil finished second amongst this year's candidates with 45 total points.
Jamil Springer is widely considered as one of the most versatile athletes to ever play in FPF. He began his FPF career in the Winter of 2006, with the Gators. It was in 2007 where Jamil and the same steady core began their run as the Seminoles/Thundering Herd/Big TDs/Bengals that has lasted almost ten years. Over those ten years, Jamil has exceled as both a QB, WR and DB in our league.
Despite playing with the same aforementioned core throughout his career, Jamil has also played for several Division 1/2/A teams where he has won multiple championships and even one Playoff MVP Award.
Jamil is one of only five players in the history of FPF to win a QB of the Year award, a WR of the Year award, and a Playoff MVP award.
In recent seasons, Jamil has been involved in the FPF Jr program, where he has coached a team in the Freshman age category.
After just missing the top five in each of the past two years, Jamil is finally in the Hall of Fame as part of the 2017 Class; congrats!
Rick finished first amongst this year's candidates with 53 total points.
Rick Nincheri is regarded as one of the premier passers in the history of FPF. He began his FPF career in the Winter of 2006, as QB of the Division 1 Hurricanes. From Winter 2007 to Winter 2009, Rick guided his Hurrricanes squad to three consecutive Division 1 Finals- all against Montreal’s Finest- and won the first two, before falling in sudden-death overtime the third time around.
In the years that followed the Hurricanes demise in 2011, Rick has appeared sporadically on teams like the Trojans, Purple Haze and Usual Suspects, where he consistently put up video-game numbers. In the Winter of 2013 as a member of the Purple Haze in Division 2, Rick threw for 2493- which currently stands as #1 on the list of most passing yards in a regular season.
In addition to his incredible talent and track record, Rick is also known for his friendly demeanor, which has made him one of the most well-liked players in the Montreal flag and touch football community.
It took Rick a long time to hit the ten-season benchmark, but in his first year of eligibility, he has been voted into the FPF Hall of Fame, congrats!
Vinny finished third amongst this year's candidates with 39 total points.
Vinny Gualano originally made a name for himself as a player who climbed the ranks from a relative unknown player, to a top-tier WR/DB in the top divisions of FPF. Having started his FPF career in Winter 2008, playing for SWAT- he quickly became a go-to receiver for D1 Champion Old Skool, before putting up remarkable numbers with other upper division teams such as the Trojans, Demons amongst others.
In Spring 2012, Vinny made the jump to the QB position, throwing for Pump & Ditch in Division D. What followed was one of the most rapid ascensions of any QB in FPF history. Vinny has most recently dominated both Division 3 and B, and is currently doing the same in Division 2 this Winter.
Thus, one could argue that Vinny, much like the last inductee, is one of the most versatile players in FPF. He is also one of only five players to win a QB of the Year award, a WR of the Year award, and a Playoff MVP award.
Vinny is the third member of the 2017 Hall of Fame class; congrats!
Alex finished third amongst this year's candidates, receiving 7.6% of the total votes.
Alex is widely considered as one of FPF's best athletes; his combination of exceptional speed and ridiculous agility makes him stand out amongst his peers at the highest levels. Synonymous with taking a short pass, and turning it into a full-field touchdown on the offensive side of the ball, Alex is also known for his tremendous skill as a pass rusher.
Making his debut in the Winter of 2009 with D3 Hybrid, Alex rejoined FPF in 2013 with DK and has helped the team climb up the FPF ranks, and attain the 'top of the mountain' by winning the D1 Championship in 2016. He has also played for many other teams over the years.
He has won three championships, and has been named to five all-star teams thus far in his FPF career.
Serge Pilon Jr.
Serge finished first amongst this year's candidates, receiving 9.4% of the total votes.
Serge Jr., much like his brother and fellow 2018 HOF inductee, Alex, is one of the best atheletes in FPF. He has been an incredible two-way threat as WR and DB since his early days in FPF. A few years ago, Serge was tasked with having to convert to the snapper position to help fill a need on his team- what has resulted is his becoming one of the best snappers in FPF. The mould of higher division snappers was always the wide-framed, sure handed player; Serge's combination of strength and speed has changed the way teams have to defend the middle of the field.
Making his debut in the Winter of 2009 with D3 Hybrid, Serge Jr. rejoined FPF in 2013 with DK and has helped the team climb up the FPF ranks, and attain the 'top of the mountain' by winning the D1 Championship in 2016. He has also played for many other teams over the years.
He has won four championships, three individual awards and has been named to five all-star teams thus far in his FPF career.
Congratulations, Serge Jr.!
Adi finished second amongst this year's candidates, receiving 8.7% of the total votes.
Adi is considered one of the best defensive minds in all of FPF. His football IQ and strong leadership skills have helped him run several dominant defenses from Divisions 1 to 4 over his FPF career. Despite that reputation, he is definitely no slouch on the field, having won the Division 1 defensive player of the year award in recent seasons.
Having made his debut in the inaugural FPF season of Winter 2005, Adi has been a part of several long-standing, successful franchises over his league tenure: Demons, Mercenaries and DK.
He has won six championships, has won one individual award and has been named to three all-star teams thus far in his FPF career.
Alexandre finished fourth amongst this year's candidates, receiving 7.4% of the total votes.
Alexandre is arguably FPF’s best “three-way threat”, excelling at quarterback, receiver, and as a defensive player. In recent seasons, he has won the Division 1 QB of the Year award, and Division 1 Two-Way Player of the Year award. For six consecutive years, Flag Moi L’Sac has been a D1 staple, with Alex leading the way on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. He currently is the highest-rated QB in all of FPF, based on the player rating algorithm.
His debut came in the Winter of 2007, as a youngster, playing QB for Turf Toe Inc.
He has won two individual awards, and has been named to three all-star teams thus far in his FPF career.
Ryan finished fifth amongst this year's candidates, receiving 6.7% of the total votes.
Ryan stands alone as FPF’s most accomplished pass rusher, holding the record for most career regular season, playoff and combined QB sacks. His combined total of 408 is almost 140 more than the second placed rusher, Hall of Famer Matthew Kirouac.
His debut came as a youngster in the Spring of 2009. Since then, Ryan has been a model of consistency as a rusher with an incredible 22 double digit-sack seasons!
He has won three championships, and has been named to two all-star teams thus far in his FPF career.
Steven Hodhod is the 2018 Hall of Fame class Referee Category inductee.
Steven made his FPF officiating debut in the 2012 Winter season, after several seasons in the league as a player. Unlike the majority of our FPF officials, who entered the league with a wealth of experience as tackle football officials, Steven joined our officiating ranks as a relative newbie.
Taking great pride in his craft, and holding a true passion for the league, Steven has gone from newbie to one of FPF’s most relied-upon officials, often tasked with higher division matchups, including championship games, and acting as a mentor for new officials.
Off the field, Steven joined the FPF Disciplinary Committee in 2014. In 2016, he took over as Chairman; a voluntary and challenging position to say the least, despite the lack of glamor and recognition that comes with the role, it truly is one of the most important positions in all of FPF. Steven has dedicated countless hours, voluntarily, to this role, and has done so using the upmost integrity and professionalism.
Steven is often praised for this hustle and excellent communication and comportment with players.
Thank you for all you do for FPF, Steven; and congratulations!
Paolo Della Rocca
Paolo Della Rocca is the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee in the Staff/Contributor category.
Paolo made his unofficial debut working for FPF in the Spring of 2012, as a co-host on the inaugural FPF podcast, Calling the Audible, for Division D. To cap off that first season, Paolo spearheaded the introduction of a live play-by-play commentary for the Division D championship game between #NoRegard and Project Mayhem. The following season, with Paolo's help, FPF switched over to live play-by-play for all of its championship games, and it has done so on every finals game since.
Paolo officially joined the staff in 2013 as a writer. He quickly became known for his extra-long articles that were a rare blend of both football and general (random!) commentary. His unique writing style and in-depth analysis won over FPFers across all divisions.
As a compliment to his resume as a writer, Paolo has become one of the main podcast personalities over the last few years, having hosted shows covering every division in FPF. He has also taken on a leadership role among the media team, helping to groom a plethora of new writers and analysts.
Outside of his media roles, Paolo plays a huge role in the overall planning of FPF, being one of the most influential members of the administrative team. His input and influence can be found on all of FPF’s recent innovations, and he continues to be a huge asset to FPF, season after season!
Congratulations, Paolo! And thank you for everything you do.
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee: Vince Nardone
Vince finished first amongst this year’s candidates, having received 8.78% of the total votes.
A defensive mastermind who pairs athleticism with a wealth of football knowledge, Vince has a knack for predicting where the ball will be on any given play and uses that ability to create key turnovers at a moment’s notice. One of this year’s most decorated inductees, Vince boasts 10 All-Star nominations, two Defensive Player of the Year awards and one Quarterback of the Year award. Since his debut in Winter 2008, Vince has been no stranger to performing on FPF’s big stage - having won 3 championships (Winter 2008 Division 4 - Hype; Winter 2013 Division 4 - The Incredibles; Winter 2014 Division 2 - DK) in 7 total finals appearances (Spring 2009 Division B - Mercenaries; Spring 2013 Division C - The Incredibles; Winter 2015 Division 2 - Legends; Spring 2016 Division B - The Incredibles).
Showing his versatility, Vince is not only an accomplished defender and receiver in FPF but has also grown as a quarterback - having climbed the ranks as Top Sauce’s signal caller from Division 5 to Division 3.
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee: Rod Mashtoub
Rod finished fifth amongst this year’s candidates, having received 6.67% of the total votes.
Despite now being inducted into the FPF Hall of Fame, it is almost a consensus across the league that we still have not seen the peak of Rod’s talent as he continues to improve season after season. Rod is one of the few unique players who can be devastating on the field whether he’s playing as a defender, receiver or quarterback. A member of the 0-10 Spring 2009 Monstars, Rod took time away from FPF and returned in 2012 and immediately saw his statistical QBR for the season jump almost 70 points. As he’s continued improving, he’s accumulated 6 All-Star nominations, 1 Two-Way player of the Year award, 2 Quarterback of the Year awards, 1 Receiver of the Year award and 1 Championship (Spring 2018 Division B - Underachievers) in 3 total finals appearances (Winter 2016 Division 3 - Laval’s Finest, Winter 2018 Division 3 - Laval’s Finest).
With a deadly mix of size, speed, hands and a ton of football knowledge, Rod is the prototypical athlete and an example of the ideal Hall of Fame inductee.
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee: Joey Taylor
Joey finished fourth amongst this years candidates, having received 6.96% of the total votes.
Joey has been without a doubt one of the most hotly-debated nominees in FPF’s history. As a player without tackle football experience, Joey came into the league and pioneered an innovative, love-it or hate-it polarizing offensive style that saw immediate success. Based on flooding zones and multiple reads at different levels of the field, Joey’s unorthodox style has been criticized by FPF members due to it’s peculiar aesthetics. However, it’s effectiveness and efficiency has often left those same critics frustrated when having to face off against it. With 4 All-Star nominations, 1 Receiver of the Year award and 1 Championship (Spring 2018 Division D2 - Baby Kangaroos) in 3 total finals appearances (Winter 2013 Division 5 - Two and a Half Dans; Spring 2015 Division C - Two and a Half Dans)
Joey’s progression as a player and ascension of divisions is testament to his skill as a player, and his induction into the hall of fame makes him the ideal role-model for those without the typical football experience who wish to have something to aspire to in FPF.
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee: Jad Aridi
Jad finished third amongst this year’s candidates, having received 7.41% of the total votes.
One of the longer tenured players in FPF, Jad has been playing in the league since having first played on the Rockets in Winter 2006. A savvy defender as well as a snapper who specializes in shaking off defenders and getting yards after the catch, Jad is a plug-and-play athlete who will fit in with any team and any scheme. Jad’s trophy case includes 5 All-Star nominations, 1 Two-Way Player of the Year award, 2 Defensive Player of the Year awards and he’s won 1 championship (6 Fast Guys Plus Ryans) in 4 total finals appearances (Winter 2015 Division 4 - Recipe 4 Disaster; Winter 2016 Division 4A - Recipe 4 Disaster; Winter 2018 Division 4A - Keyport Lock)
As a fierce competitor, Jad’s “Let’s Goooo!” catchphrase is indicative of his passion and leadership by example. The longtime captain of the Monstars franchise, Jad has turned the once 0-10 group of ragtag individuals into a Division 1 powerhouse.
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee: Dan Lazzara
Dan finished second amongst this year’s candidates, having received 7.7% of the total votes.
Dan’s progression as a quarterback has been in plain view of the league since starting in the league in Winter 2013 on the Sea Assassins. A perfect example of the ‘ideal’ FPF trajectory, Dan steadily progressed from Division 4 to now playing among FPF’s elite in Division 1. With 8 All-Star nominations, five Quarterback of the Year awards and one Defensive Player of the year award. Out of 3 total finals appearances (Winter 2014 Division 4 - Sea Assassins; Winter 2017 Division 2 - Dan & Co) he has won 1 championship (Spring 2016 Division B - Star City) in which he was also named the Playoff MVP.
Recently, Dan has used his vast play-calling knowledge as an asset on defense - preying on Quarterbacks and using their tendencies against them as he develops as a defender in addition to his accolades at Quarterback.
2020 Hall of Fame Inductee: Tam Vilaydeth
Tam’s FPF career began in Winter 2009 with the Triple Sixers. Despite being surrounded by flashier names and personalities, Tam’s reputation in the league quickly changed from defensive role-player to a shutdown corner and electric playmaker. With killer speed and the ability to cut and juke on a dime, Tam is a matchup nightmare. Equally capable whether playing quarterback, receiver, snapper, rusher or defender, Tam’s versatility shines and is a key factor in being inducted to the Hall of Fame by his peers.
Aside from his unique football skills, Tam's overwhelming friendliness and approachability is part of the reason for his induction in this year's Hall of Fame class. He strides to constantly improve, help the ones around him and even pushed to help FPF grow at multiple occasions; the latest with his contribution to our Co-Ed division (Bringing on the first Co-Ed team to the Fall tournament (With our first ever female QB!), helping everyone see the true potential of formerly unknown players and pushing for a new division to allow them to shine)
Triple Sixers Spring 2009 Division C
Terror Squad Winter 2013 Division 2
Star City Spring 2016 Division B
Power Rangers Winter 2018 Co-Ed 1
Power Rangers Winter 2019 Co-Ed 1
1 Defensive Player of the Year
2 All Star Selections
Finishing with 8.5% of the total nominee votes, Tam Vilaydeth is the first member of the 2020 FPF Hall of Fame class.
2020 Hall of Fame Inductee: Alex Holowach
While Alex’s FPF career began in Winter 2010 playing with a little-known team called the Ballhawks, it was in 2012 that Alex began to turn heads in the FPF community, leading #NoRegard to undefeated back-to-back seasons as well as a championship that Spring. From there, Alex has steadily progressed from FPF’s lower divisions and is now among FPF’s elite quarterbacks in Division 1. With 5 QB of the year awards, it’s evident that throughout his ascension he has been head and shoulders above his peers, regardless of the division. In addition to being one of FPF’s premier signal-callers and leaders at the QB position, individually Alex is a threat no matter where he lines up on the field - boasting All-Star selections not just as a quarterback but as a receiver and defender as well.
#NoRegard - Spring 2012 Division D
1 Playoff MVP
5 QB of the Year
7 All-Star Selections
Finishing with 7.4% of the total nominee votes, Alex Holowach is the second member of the 2020 FPF Hall of Fame class.
2020 Hall of Fame Inductee: Sean Avraam
Sean is FPF’s day one. Having been a part of the league since it’s inception, Sean was a key member of FPF’s first dynasty, the Young Guns. While Sean was the top WR weapon with phenomenal stats, his contributions to the early seasons of the league are easy to overlook with league stats only available online as of 2009. Since then, Sean has become a familiar FPF name having been a part of multiple championship FPF franchises and a significant contributor to each respective teams’ success. Sean’s football knowledge and variety of skills have made him a key piece on any roster and capable of fitting into any system with ease.
Young Guns Winter 2005 Division 1
Young Guns Winter 2006 Division 1
Young Guns Spring 2006 Division A
Grip N Rip Winter 2015 Division 4
Grip N Rip Winter 2016 Division 3
The Commission Spring 2017 Division C
Bearskins Winter 2019 Division 3
1 Playoff MVP
1 QB of the Year
1 Defensive Player of the Year
4 All-Star Selections
Finishing with 6.5% of the total nominee votes, Sean Avraam is the third member of the 2020 FPF Hall of Fame class.
2020 Hall of Fame Referee Inductee: Jack Nudi
Jack Nudi began officiating FlagPlus Football games in 2009 and has been a
stalwart ever since.
Jack is widely known as one of the league’s best referees by both the players
and his fellow officials. His no-nonsense personality has earned him a “tough
but fair” reputation and his consistent, high quality on-field performance has
garnered him assignments to officiate some of FPF's biggest games, including
multiple Division 1/A Championship games.
One of Jack’s other well-known qualities is his availability; he is often called
upon to replace other officials-especially in the higher divisions. His
willingness to do so has made him an invaluable resource and he is one of the
refs others request to work with most often.
Jack was also recruited two years ago to become a member of the FPF Rules
Committee to utilize his experience, judgement, and knowledge to help keep
improving the game for the players.
Finally, he was a unanimous choice by the FPF Executive Panel this year, so
congratulations to Jack Nudi on a well-deserved induction into the FlagPlus
Football Hall of Fame.
The 2020 Staff/Contributor Hall of Fame inductee is Lance Daniel.
Lance joined the FPF ranks in 2013 as fifth Game of the Week camera operator/editor. He immediately brought a new flair to the weekly video- incorporating his own unique style, featuring rapid-cutting that blended perfectly with the selection of music.
Over the course of his ten seasons on the FPF media/content team, Lance has continued to innovate and push the envelope, creatively – leading to his popularity among players of the league.Shooting hundreds of Games of the Week over the course of 9 seasons, Lance has recently taken on a new role helping FPF step up its game on Instagram through its daily stories, through videos, photos and graphic polls.
Lance’s passion for FPF and for satisfying the community’s appetite for entertaining content has always been apparent. This year the FPF community was able to demonstrate its appreciation for him.