Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:36am
NFL players are among the biggest, strongest, fastest athletes in the world.
But without proper fundamentals, all that natural talent would not get them very far.
The fifth annual USA Football All-Fundamentals Team recognizes NFL players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters inherent safety benefits and better on-field performance.
Twenty-six NFL players across 22 teams were selected for the 2013 team, which honors players who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate. USA Football is the sport’s national governing body and the official youth football development partner of the NFL and each of the league’s 32 teams.
Each player chosen for the All-Fundamentals Team will receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice.
A fan vote at will determine All-Fundamentals Team captains. Fans can vote for one captain on offense, defense and special teams at www.usafootball.com/all-fundamentalsteam. USA Football will award each of the three captains a $3,000 equipment grant to donate and an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy. Voting is open through Jan. 29.
“These 26 men serve as examples to the millions of youth football players across the nation that fundamentals are vital to success at every level,” said CARL PETERSON, USA Football’s chairman and longtime NFL executive who helped select the team. “According to medical experts, players who master the fundamentals and learn them at younger ages are safer as they progress within the sport.”
The USA Football All-Fundamentals Team was assembled with guidance from a five-person selection committee: