The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to recognize the 10 finalists for the 2016 class of the IFL Hall of Fame.
The three-member Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be revealed on Thursday, June 16,2016. In addition, during game festivities at the 2016 United Bowl, during the weekend on July 22nd, the newest members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
IFL fans are encouraged to assist in the selection process. Fans can vote for Hall of Fame finalists via polls on the IFL's official website, www.GoIFL.com, and social media pages using, #IFLHOF.
Finalists listed in alphabetical order:
MICHAEL BAZEMORE : (DL, BILLINGS OUTLAWS, SIOUX FALLS STORM)
Defensive Lineman for the Billings Outlaws and the Sioux Falls Storm. Bazemore is a three-time United Bowl Champion (2009-2011). He is a two-time All-IFL team selection. During his IFL career, Bazemore registered 163 tackles, 24 sacks, 2 INTS, and 5 forced fumbles.
MARK BLACKBURN : (LB, SIOUX FALLS STORM)
Linebacker for the Sioux Falls Storm. Blackburn is a four-time United Bowl Champion (2005-2008) and was named United Bowl MVP in 2008. Blackburn is also a four-time All-League selection in the UIF (2005-2008). For his career, Blackburn is the Storm's all-time leader in tackles (664), and forced fumbles (10). His #14 jersey is retired by the Storm.
Under Carr's guidance, the Tri-Cities Fever are currently in their 12th season of play. The Fever were crowned Intense Conference Champions during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In 2011 Carr was named IFL Executive of the Year. The Fever have been named IFL Franchise of the Year two times, a league record. During the 2014 season, the Fever were awarded the IFL team Community Relations Award and Best Game Operations. Carr and the Fever remain very active in the Tri-Cities community participating in charities such as; Jefferson Elementary After School Matters, raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness, Junior Achievements, and the United Way.
MICHAEL EBY : (DB, BILLINGS OUTLAWS, WYOMING CAVALRY, COLORADO ICE)
Over his 6 year IFL career, Eby played defensive back for the Billings Outlaws, Wyoming Cavalry, and Colorado Ice. In 2009, while a member of the Outlaws, Eby was named Defensive Rookie of the Year and was selected 2nd Team All-IFL. For his career, Eby ranks 4th all-time in IFL history with 400 tackles and 28 interceptions.
ROBERT FULLER : (HEAD COACH, FAIRBANKS GRIZZLIES, GREEN BAY BLIZZARD, BEMIDJI AXEMEN)
During his career, Fuller has served as Head Coach of the Fairbanks Grizzlies, Green Bay Blizzard, and Bemidji Axemen. In IFL play, Fuller's teams have accumulated a combined 27-21 record during the regular season (1-2 in postseason play). In consecutive seasons (2011 Fairbanks, 2012 Blizzard), Fuller was named IFL Coach of the Year and received the league's Adam Pringle Award (equivalent to the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year). In 2012, Fuller led the Blizzard to an 11-3 regular season record and the United Conference Championship game.
AMEER ISMAIL (LB, TRI-CITIES FEVER, BLOOMINGTON EDGE, CHICAGO SLAUGHTER)
Linebacker for the Tri-Cities Fever, Bloomington Edge, and Chicago Slaughter. During his IFL career, Ismail is a two-time First Team All-IFL selection. He was named IFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 as a member of the Bloomington Edge. During his three year IFL career Ismail registered 357 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 6 INTs, and 5 forced fumbles. Ismail has made the transition to coaching, currently serving as the Defensive Coordinator for the Spokane Empire.
DEMARCUS JAMES: (DB/KR, ALASKA WILD, RICHMOND REVOLUTION, COLORADO ICE)
Defensive Back/Kick Returner for the Alaska Wild, Richmond Revolution, and Colorado Ice. James is a two-time First Team All-IFL selection. In 2009, as a member of the Alaska Wild, James was named IFL Special Teams Player of the Year. For his career, James tallied 2,736 kick return yards, 13 kick return TDs, 167 tackles, and 12 INTs.
Piper-Jordan was one of the most dynamic Wide Receivers in IFL history. During his five year career (2010-2014), Piper-Jordan caught 236 passes for 3,753 yards and 97 TDs. His 97 TD catches ranks 2nd in IFL history. He also ranks 2nd in career average yards per catch (16.2). He was a First Team All-IFL selection in 2011 and 2012.
LIONELL SINGLETON: (DB, TRI-CITIES FEVER)
Defensive Back for the Tri-Cities Fever. During his four year IFL career, Singleton was named to three All-IFL teams (First Team in 2012 and 2013/Second Team in 2014). Singleton continues to do great work in and around the Kennewick community. He founded the Afterschool Matters Program at Eastgate and Jefferson Elementary. We was named the Kennewick School District Outstanding Partner of the Year in 2012. In 2013, he received the IFL's Adam Pringle Award (equivalent to the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year). Singleton ranks 2nd All-Time in IFL history with 30 INTs and ranks 1st in INT return yards (454).
TOM WIGLEY: (IFL TEAM OWNER, COLORADO ICE/CRUSH)
Wigley bought the Colorado Ice in 2010. Under his guidance, the team qualified for the postseason in four consecutive seasons (2011-2014). Two players have earned IFL awards during his tenure (David Knighton/Most Improved 2011, Willie Copeland/MVP 2014), and 14 players have been named All-League. During the 2015 offseason, Wigley led the rebranding process for the team, changing the team name from the Ice to the Crush.