IFL Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Finalists

IFL Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Finalists

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to recognize the 10 finalists for the 2018 class of the IFL Hall of Fame.

The three-member Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be revealed on Friday, May 4, 2018.  In addition, during game festivities at the 2018 United Bowl, 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. Voting will close on Thursday, May 3 at 12:01 AM CT.

Finalists listed in alphabetical order: 

PIG BROWN : (LB, OMAHA BEEF, NEBRASKA DANGER)

Linebacker for the Nebraska Danger and Omaha Beef.  Upon his retirement at the conclusion of the 2015 IFL season, Brown ranks second in IFL history with 540 tackles.  He registered 18.5 sacks and 15 interceptions during his career.  He was an All-IFL selection in 2014.  Brown was a standout performer and leader for the Nebraska Danger teams that won three straight Intense Conference Championships (2013-2015).  Brown was named to the Nebraska Danger Hall of Fame in 2016.  He has since made a successful transition into coaching, currently serving as the Defensive Coordinator for the Danger.

WILLIE COPELAND: (DB, ARKANSAS DIAMONDS, GREEN BAY BLIZZARD, CEDAR RAPIDS TITANS, COLORADO ICE/CRUSH)

Quarterback for the Green Bay Blizzard, Cedar Rapids Titans and Colorado Ice/Crush.  As a member of the Ice, Copeland was named the 2014 IFL MVP.  During that season, he lead the Ice to a 10-4 record and the Intense Conference Championship game.  He was also a First-Team All-IFL selection in 2014.  For his career, Copeland ranks third all-time in IFL history in passing yards (9,284) and fourth all-time in passing touchdowns (194).

PARKER DOUGLASS: (K, SIOUX FALLS STORM)

Kicker for the Sioux Falls Storm (2009, 2011-2015).  A consistent presence for the Storm, Douglass is a five-time United Bowl Champion.  He leads all IFL kickers in career points with 801.  He owns the record for most PATs made (522) and ranks first with 93 made field goals.  He was an All-League selection during the 2013 and 2014 IFL seasons and finished his career with a 55.3% conversion percentage on his field goal attempts.   

NATE FLUIT: (DL, SIOUX FALLS STORM)

Defensive Lineman for the Sioux Falls Storm from 2003-2007.  He is a two-time an All-League selection and was named UIF Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.  In Storm history, he ranks 10th all-time in tackles (249.5), 2nd in sacks (62.5), and 1st in blocked kicks (23).  Fluit's #93 jersey is currently retired by the Storm. 

HOUSTON LILLARD: (QB, TRI-CITIES FEVER)

Quarterback for the Tri-Cities Fever.  Lillard is a two-time All-IFL Selection (2011, 2012).  He led the Fever to consecutive Intense Conference Championships during the 2011 and 2012 season.  For his career, Lillard ranks third in IFL history in both touchdown passes (208 and completions (855). He also ranks fourth all-time with 9,102 passing yards.

ANDRE PIPER-JORDAN:( WR, KENT PREDATORS, SEATTLE TIMBERWOLVES,EVERETT RAPTORS, NEBRASKA DANGER

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 5th in IFL history.  He also ranks second in career average yards per catch (16.2).  He was a First Team All-IFL selection in 2011 and 2012.

CHARLIE SANDERS: (OL,SIOUX FALLS STORM)

An eight-time United Bowl champion, Sanders anchored the Billings Outlaws and Sioux Falls Storm offensive lines from 2009 to 2016. During his eight year IFL career, Sanders was named as a First Team All-IFL selection six times from 2011 to 2016. Sanders consistently helped the Storm have one of the most explosive offenses in the IFL during his career.

JAMEEL SEWELL: (QB, GREEN BAY BLIZZARD, NEBRASKA DANGER)

Quarterback for the Green Bay Blizzard and the Nebraska Danger during his six year IFL career, Sewell is one of three IFL players of be named a two-time IFL MVP (2013, 2015). Sewell helped lead the Danger to three consecutive Intense Conference championships and three United Bowl appearances. In 2013 and 2015 Sewell was also a IFL First-Team All-IFL selection at QB. A dual threat QB, Sewell ranks third all-time in IFL history in rushing touchdowns (88) fifth in rushing yards (2,157) and sixth in passing touchdowns (151).

STEVEN WHITEHEAD: (WR, TRI-CITIES FEVER)

Wide Receiver for the Tri-Cities Fever (2011-2015).  A dynamic playmaker, Whitehead and Houston Lillard formed one of the most prolific passing attacks in IFL history.  Whitehead was a key contributor on the Fever's 2011 and 2012 Intense Conference Championship teams.  He is a two-time All-IFL selection (2012, 2015).  During the 2015 IFL season Whitehead caught 81 passes for 1,032 yards, and 17 TDs.  For his efforts he was named IFL Offensive Player of the Year, the first Wide Receiver to earn the honor.  For his career, Whitehead registered 310 receptions for 3,502 yards, and 68 TDs.

DIXIE WOOTEN: (QB, RIVER CITY RAGE, WICHITA WILD, NEBRASKA DANGER)

During three seasons of play in the IFL, Wooten totaled; 5,712 passing yards, 133 passing TDs, a career 61% completion percentage, 620 rushing yards, and 29 rushing TDs.  As a member of the Wichita Wild during the 2010 season, Wooten was awarded the Adam Pringle Award (equivalent  to the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year).  He is currently the head coach of the Iowa Barnstormers and was named IFL Coach of the Year in 2017.