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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 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:






Tony Gonzalez


Atlanta Falcons

Catching in traffic

Ryan Clady              


Denver Broncos

Hands in pass protection

Joe Thomas


Cleveland Browns

Pass blocking footwork

Alan Faneca


New York Jets

Combo/zone blocking

Steve Hutchinson


Minnesota Vikings

Pulling, run blocking

Jeff Saturday


Indianapolis Colts

Snapping and blocking

Larry Fitzgerald


Arizona Cardinals

Proper catching with hands

Wes Welker


New England Patriots

Proper catching with hands

Ryan Grant


Green Bay Packers

Ball security/proper cuts

Moran Norris


San Francisco 49ers

Run blocking

Drew Brees


New Orleans Saints

Throwing mechanics

Osi Umenyiora


New York Giants

Takeoff and pass rush

Kyle Vanden Bosch


Tennessee Titans

Playing the run

Darnell Dockett


Arizona Cardinals

Defeating blocks

Haloti Ngata


Baltimore Ravens

Footwork and leverage

Mike Vrabel


Kansas City Chiefs

Shedding blocks

London Fletcher


Washington Redskins

Angle tackling

DeMarcus Ware


Dallas Cowboys

Pass rush/bull rush

Cortland Finnegan


Tennessee Titans

Man-to-man coverage

Nnamdi Asomugha


Oakland Raiders

Breaking up the pass

Troy Polamalu


Pittsburgh Steelers

Playing the ball

Eric Weddle


San Diego Chargers

Open-field tackling

David Akers


Philadelphia Eagles

Kicking mechanics

Brian Moorman


Buffalo Bills

Punting mechanics

David Binn


San Diego Chargers

Long-snapping mechanics

Clifton Smith


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.