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GLafranceGeorge LaFrance

Attended New Iberia Senior High School in New Iberia, La., where he played football and baseball. Was selected to the all-conference football team as a junior. Played on the school’s 4A state championship baseball teams in 1982 and 1983 and was selected to the 1983 all-conference and all-state baseball teams.

Attended Eastern Arizona Junior College for three semesters in 1983-1984 and participated in football and baseball.

Transferred to Baker in the spring of 1984 in time to play on Dan Harris’ Wildcat baseball team. Known for his quickness, speed and defense, LaFrance was selected to the all-conference baseball squad three years at Baker.

In the fall of 1984 became an immediate starter at wide receiver for head football coach Charlie Richard. Played two years and was selected to the all-conference team in 1985 and 1986. Helped the Wildcats reach their first ever NAIA Division II national championship football game in 1986. In that game against Linfield of Oregon, set a school, conference and national record for recording seven pass receptions for 93 yards in a single half.

Following his outstanding athletic achievements in college, signed a professional contract to play for the Detroit Drive of the fledgling Arena Football League. Spent the 1988-1993 seasons with Detroit, helping it win ArenaBowl titles in 1988-1990 and again in 1992. Missed the 1990 season with a torn ACL.

Was traded in 1994 to the Tampa Bay Storm, where he played from 1994 to 1999. In 1998, caught 65 passes, including 35 for touchdowns (53.8 percent) – a record unrivaled at any level of collegiate or professional football.

In 2000, moved on to play with the New Jersey Red Dogs. Became the first Arena Football League player and second pro football (Walter Payton was the first) to compile 20,000 career all-purpose yards. In his final game as a player, he recorded 14 kickoff returns and 397 all-purpose yards that rank second in that statistic in AFL history

During the 12 years of his active playing career, helped his teams win five ArenaBowl Championships while playing in three more.

Was selected the MVP of three ArenaBowl games, was twice named League MVP and holds numerous league statistical records. Is generally regarded as the greatest player in Arena Football League history.

In 2001, served as offensive consultant for the Rochester Brigade and in 2002 was hired as the general manager of the San Diego Riptide.

For several of the past years, when not involved in the Arena Football season, teaches high school math and coaches sports on a Native American Reservation in the Chinle (Arizona) Unified School District.

Is married to Darlene and has two daughters, Ahaski and Nizhoni.

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