Ryan Clady selected to USA Football/NFLPA 'All-Fundamentals' Team

USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, and the NFL Players Association have selected tackle RYAN CLADY of the Denver Broncos and 25 other NFL players to the inaugural USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team. This 26-man roster honors the NFL's most fundamentally-sound players who also commit themselves to service in their communities.

This honor recognizes Clady as an example for youth players - particularly offensive tackles - to emulate due to his quick hands in pass protection.

The USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team was selected by a six-person selection committee:

Ø     JASON BELSER, former NFL player, USA Football board member, and NFLPA senior regional director

Ø     TOM CARTER, former NFL player and NFLPA regional director

Ø     HERMAN EDWARDS, former NFL head coach and player, ESPN NFL analyst

Ø     SCOTTIE GRAHAM, former NFL player and NFLPA regional director

Ø     LARRY KENNAN, former NFL assistant coach and NFL Coaches Association executive director

Ø     CARL PETERSON, USA Football chairman, former NFL team executive and assistant coach

In addition to his fundamentally-strong play, Clady does exemplary work in the Boise, Idaho, community. Clady attended college at Boise State University. His efforts have benefitted the Ada County (Idaho) Sheriff's Employees Association and many other local causes.

As part of this honor, Clady will designate a youth or high school football program to receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football.  USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFLPA, the NFL, the Denver Broncos, and the league's 31 other teams. Each player also receives a pewter-dipped "All-Fundamentals" Team helmet trophy produced by Riddell, USA Football's official helmet and equipment partner.

A video clip of each of the 26 players, spotlighting their sound football technique for young players to emulate, resides at AllFundamentalsTeam.com. These exciting game-action clips offer visual instruction for youth players and coaches alike.

The USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team consists of:

Ø  All 11 offensive positions

Ø  All 11 defensive positions

Ø  Four (4) special teams positions (LS, K, P, KR/PR)

USA Football teaches the game's fundamentals and inherent values through more than 80 annual training events and innovative football training resources employed by its members who reside in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

2009 USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team:

 

NAME

POSITION

TEAM

FOOTBALL FUNDAMENTAL

Tony Gonzalez

TE

Atlanta Falcons

Catching in traffic

Ryan Clady              

T

Denver Broncos

Hands in pass protection

Joe Thomas

T

Cleveland Browns

Pass blocking footwork

Alan Faneca

G

New York Jets

Combo/zone blocking

Steve Hutchinson

G

Minnesota Vikings

Pulling, run blocking

Jeff Saturday

C

Indianapolis Colts

Snapping and blocking

Larry Fitzgerald

WR

Arizona Cardinals

Proper catching with hands

Wes Welker

WR

New England Patriots

Proper catching with hands

Ryan Grant

RB

Green Bay Packers

Ball security/proper cuts

Moran Norris

FB

San Francisco 49ers

Run blocking

Drew Brees

QB

New Orleans Saints

Throwing mechanics

Osi Umenyiora

DE

New York Giants

Takeoff and pass rush

Kyle Vanden Bosch

DE

Tennessee Titans

Playing the run

Darnell Dockett

DT

Arizona Cardinals

Defeating blocks

Haloti Ngata

DT/NT

Baltimore Ravens

Footwork and leverage

Mike Vrabel

LB

Kansas City Chiefs

Shedding blocks

London Fletcher

LB

Washington Redskins

Angle tackling

DeMarcus Ware

LB

Dallas Cowboys

Pass rush/bull rush

Cortland Finnegan

CB

Tennessee Titans

Man-to-man coverage

Nnamdi Asomugha

CB

Oakland Raiders

Breaking up the pass

Troy Polamalu

S

Pittsburgh Steelers

Playing the ball

Eric Weddle

S

San Diego Chargers

Open-field tackling

David Akers

K

Philadelphia Eagles

Kicking mechanics

Brian Moorman

P

Buffalo Bills

Punting mechanics

David Binn

LS

San Diego Chargers

Long-snapping mechanics

Clifton Smith

KR

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kick catching and returning

 

About USA Football
USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL Players Association, the NFL, and its 32 teams. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and provides $1 million annually in equipment grants and subsidizes youth league volunteer background checks. 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.

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