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Tampa Bay Buccaneers featured in NFL Big Play Breakdown

Steve Alic, Director of Communications Wed, 11/14/2012 - 3:27pm

Illustrating to youth players how strong football fundamentals lead to success on the field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are featured in USA Football’s NFL Big Play Breakdown for the team’s 67-yard touchdown run Nov. 4 against the Oakland Raiders.

Throughout the season, USA Football and the NFL will produce Big Play Breakdown video segments to spotlight the blocking, route-running and field vision that make the big runs, throws, catches and tackles possible.

This week, NFL Big Play Breakdown presented by USA Football takes a closer look at a long touchdown run by Tampa Bay rookie running back DOUG MARTIN that extended the Buccaneers’ lead to 28-10 late in the third quarter against the Raiders in Week 9.

In-depth analysis of the fundamentals of this play can be viewed for free exclusively at new segments posted throughout the NFL season.

Media are welcome to embed this video without restriction or cost, courtesy of USA Football.

With just more than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Buccaneers had the ball at their own 32-yard line following an interception. Two plays after the turnover, Martin streaked through a hole on the left side of the line and raced down the sideline for a score, giving Tampa Bay an 18-point lead. 

Diving deeper into the anatomy of the play, it was the double-team block of tight ends NATE BYHAM and DALLAS CLARK as well as the blocking of fullback ERIK LORIG and pulling guard JAMON MEREDITH that enabled Martin to choose the proper running lane, break a tackle and fly down the field. Attention to these fundamentals is not commonly pointed out on highlight reels but enables big plays to happen.

Approximately 3 million children age 6-14 play organized youth tackle football, placing it among America’s most popular youth sports. Nearly 440,000 adults volunteer their time to teach and coach the sport on the grassroots level.

Indianapolis-based USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, the NFL Players Association and each of the league’s 32 teams.USA Football members – which include coaches, players, commissioners, parents and game officials – reside in all 50 states and 49 foreign countries.

About USA Football: USA Football sets standards in player safety, coaching education and player development for youth leagues across the United States. The independent nonprofit is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and provides $1 million annually in equipment grants for youth and high school football programs. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.