Fundamental: Reading the defense
Position: Running Back
Fundamental: Running with a low pad level
Fundamental: Catching the ball out of the backfield
Position: Wide Receiver (Left)
Fundamental: Adjusting to the ball in the air
Position: Wide Receiver (Right)
Fundamental: Beating press coverage to get into his route
Position: Tight End
Fundamental: Finding holes in zone defense
Position: Tackle (Right)
Fundamental: Pass protection
Position: Tackle (Left)
Fundamental: Footwork and balance
Position: Right Guard
Fundamental: Moving defenders off the line
Position: Left Guard
Fundamental: Cutting off defenders
Fundamental: Line adjustments
Fundamental: Accuracy and consistency
Fundamental: Changing field position
Position: Long Snapper
Fundamental: Snapping accuracy
Position: Kick Returner
Fundamental: Field vision and hitting the hole
Position: Defensive End (Right)
Fundamental: Reading run vs. pass
Position: Defensive End (Left)
Fundamental: Defeating blockers
Position: Defensive Tackle (Right)
Fundamental: Holding the line of scrimmage
Position: Defensive Tackle (Left)
Fundamental: Playing with low pad level
Position: Linebacker (Right)
Fundamental: Form tackling
Position: Linebacker (Middle)
Fundamental: Flowing to the play
Position: Linebacker (Left)
Fundamental: Pass rush
Position: Cornerback (Right)
Fundamental: Driving a receiver's route
Position: Cornerback (Left)
Fundamental: Playing the ball
Position: Strong Safety
Fundamental: Supporting the run
Position: Free Safety
Fundamental: Pursuing the ball-carrier
The USA Football All-Fundamentals program recognizes the NFL players who employ proper techniques.
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1987, Hoge led the team in rushing and receiving in four of his first five seasons. Hoge and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris are the only two Steelers to rush for more than 100 yards in back-to-back playoff games. An All-Madden Team selection in 1989, Hoge retired in 1994 as a member of the Chicago Bears. At the time of his retirement, Hoge had the longest consecutive playing streak in the NFL.
Hoge is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN and is on the Board of Directors for USA Football.
Carl Peterson, best known as one of the NFL's most successful team executives with the Kansas City Chiefs (1989-2008), cut his teeth in the game as a high school coach before advancing as a coach on the college Division II and Division I-A levels from 1966-75. After serving as receivers coach at his alma mater UCLA (1972-75), Peterson followed Bruins head coach Dick Vermeil to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976 to become the team's director of player personnel. Peterson helped the Eagles earn their first Super Bowl berth in 1980. In 1982, Peterson was hired as the general manager and president of the United States Football League's Philadelphia Stars, where he led the team to a 7-1 postseason record and two league championships before joining the Chiefs in December 1988. The Chiefs had made just one playoff appearance in the 15 seasons prior to Peterson's arrival. Under his leadership, the team enjoyed 13 winning seasons, advanced to the postseason nine times and earned four AFC West divisional championships.
Peterson was named USA Football's Chairman on June 16, 2009 and now presides over USA Football's Board of Directors and offers insight toward USA Football initiatives.
After playing football for the University of California, Monterey Peninsula Junior College and San Diego State (1972-1975), Herman Edwards played nine seasons in the NFL as a cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Edwards never missed a game with the Eagles - 135 consecutive regular-season games - and his 33 career interceptions is just one short of the franchise record. He finished up his playing career in Atlanta and Los Angeles before entering the coaching ranks. After holding various assistant coaching positions, Edwards made his head coaching debut in 2001 with the New York Jets and led them to three playoff appearances in his 5 years with the team. He then led the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs in 2006 and spent a total of three years as head coach of the team.
Edwards has since been hired by ESPN as a football analyst on a variety of the network's programming.
One of football's most knowledgeable broadcasters, Davis calls top college football games for FOX in addition to serving as an NFL analyst for NFL Network.
An academic All-America selection at the University of Tennessee from 1983-86, Davis was a four-year starter as a defensive back for the Volunteers. He helped lead Tennessee to four consecutive bowl appearances and was selected to Academic All-SEC teams. After graduation, he ventured into coaching as an assistant at the University of Pacific before he moved into athletic administration, where he worked as an assistant athletic director at Stanford University.
Bill Polian is an NFL analyst for ESPN and former NFL executive for the Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers. His teams participated in six Super Bowls.