LaFrance to be inducted into the Arena Football League Hall of Fame

George LaFrance, back row third from left, with wide receivers and tight ends from the 1986 national runner-up team.

Former Baker University football standout George LaFrance will be inducted into the 2011 Arena Football League Hall of Fame, AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz announced during halftime of ArenaBowl XXIV on Aug. 12.

La France, a 1987 Baker graduate, helped the Wildcats reach the NAIA Division national championship football game in 1986 before enjoying a productive AFL career playing in Detroit, Tampa Bay and New Jersey. By the time he retired in 2000, he had captured five ArenaBowl championships, three ArenaBowl MVP honors, two league MVPs and set more than 30 AFL records, becoming the first player to reach 20,000 all-purpose yards.

“George LaFrance was a gifted athlete with speed, coordination and great hands for a wide receiver,” said Dan Harris, an assistant coach during LaFrance’s college career. “He was a multisport athlete and excelled in both football and baseball. The one memorable trait that George possessed was his work ethic. He transformed himself into an Arena Football League star.”

Originally from New Iberia, La., LaFrance in 2002 was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

He is currently the athletic director for Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz., and lives on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona with his wife, Darlene, and three daughters, Ahsaki, Nizhoni and LaBelle.

LaFrance will be inducted during the 2012 AFL Kickoff Weekend next spring.

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