The 2022 Class of the Irish American Football Hall of Fame is here. For the first time, voting was open to the public and the Irish American football community did not disappoint! After such a strong class in 2021 (click here to refresh your memory) it was going to be a tough act to follow. Having said that, we truly believe that this year’s inductees represent some of the best to ever play the sport here. So without further ado, we give you the 2022 Class of the Irish American Football Hall of Fame!
Gareth” Suntan” Millar
When we nominated Suntan, we genuinely thought he had retired. But let’s be honest, the man easily has 5 years left in him and would have made the Hall of Fame regardless of when he stopped playing. Millar was the heart of the Knights offense for the majority of his career, won a Shamrock Bowl with the Trojans and ran over every defender who had the misfortune of being assigned to tackle him. He is a true legend of the game and continues to contribute and inspire the next generation of players as a Coach. Congratulations Gareth!
A stalwart of the Northern teams, Braniff was a fixture of many an offensive line over the years. He has represented Ireland, founded and coached the Titans and now plies his trade as a Running Back coach with the Trojans. Braniff topped the Hall of Fame fan vote, and deservedly so. He is one of the most respected figures in Irish American football and this was reflected by the huge amount of votes in his favour. Congratulations Paul on being elected to the Irish American Football Hall of Fame!
Honorary Inductee: Terry Lynch
For those who knew Terry his loss was a massive blow. We will never forget the day we got the news that he had passed. And still his presence is missed. Terry represented the best side of American football in Ireland. He was always full of encouragement and wisdom, and dedicated so much of his life to the sport. You will never hear a bad word said about this man and we dearly wish he was still around. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have known him, and it is only right that he become part of the Irish American Football Hall of Fame.
There are some true legends of the game enshrined in this years’ class without whom Irish American Football just wouldn’t be the same. Congratulations and more importantly thank you for all of your contributions over the years. It would be remiss of us not to give a huge shoutout to our followers and indeed the wider football community here for voting in your droves and making this possible! We already have a few nominees in mind for next year so make sure to stay tuned to Gaelic Gridiron!