National fan vote also selects Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and Browns kicker Phil Dawson as Captains
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE was named the offensive captain for USA Football’s 2012 All-Fundamentals Team through a national fan vote conducted Jan. 7-21.
The fourth annual USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which honors 26 NFL players – 11 offense, 11 defense and four special teams – recognizes NFL players who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate. Playing fundamentally-sound football fosters better on-field performance and inherent safety benefits.
More than 10,000 fan votes were cast via www.facebook.com/usafootball to determine the team’s three captains – one for each phase of the game. Joining Wayne as captains are Chicago Bears cornerback CHARLES TILLMAN (defense) and Cleveland Browns kicker PHIL DAWSON (special teams).
Wayne is one of the best route runners in the NFL. By properly identifying and reading defensive coverages, he can run away from man-to-man or find the holes and sit down against a zone. Whether in traffic or in space, the 12-year NFL veteran also is highly skilled in securing the ball safely and turning upfield after the catch.
By being voted a captain, Wayne, Tillman and Dawson each will receive an equipment grant valued at $3,000 from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football programs of their choice. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the Colts, the NFL and each of the league’s other 31 teams.
“Football never stands still, yet strong fundamentals are timeless,” said CARL PETERSON, USA Football’s chairman and longtime NFL executive who helped select the team. “Reggie has demonstrated extraordinary fundamentals throughout his career. We’re proud to recognize him as an All-Fundamentals Team captain.”
Employing core football fundamentals advances a youth player’s performance and safety, particularly in the areas of blocking and tackling. USA Football has educated more than 100,000 youth football coaches in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., through its online courses and single-day coaching clinics. Approximately 3 million American children age 6-14 play organized tackle football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth sports.
2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Offense:
|Quarterback||Matt Ryan, Falcons|
|Running back||Arian Foster, Texans|
|Fullback||Henry Hynoski, Giants|
|Wide receiver (2)||Davone Bess, Dolphins||Reggie Wayne, Colts*|
|Tight end||Tony Gonzalez, Falcons|
|Tackle (2)||Ryan Clady, Broncos||Nate Solder, Patriots|
|Guard (2)||Mike Iupati, 49ers||Carl Nicks, Buccaneers|
|Center||Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers|
2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Defense:
|End (2)||Chris Long, Rams||J.J. Watt, Texans|
|Tackle (2)||Haloti Ngata, Ravens||Vince Wilfork, Patriots|
|Linebacker (3)||London Fletcher, Redskins||Chad Greenway, Vikings||Aldon Smith, 49ers|
|Cornerback (2)||Champ Bailey, Broncos||Charles Tillman, Bears*|
|Safety (2)||Thomas DeCoud, Falcons||Earl Thomas, Seahawks|
2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Special Teams:
|Return specialist||Leodis McKelvin, Bills|
|Kicker||Phil Dawson, Browns*|
|Punter||Andy Lee, 49ers|
|Long snapper||Greg Warren, Steelers|
* – denotes All-Fundamentals Team Captain
About USA Football: USA Football recommends national standards for America’s youth football community. As the sport’s national governing body in the United States, USA Football hosts dozens of football training events annually offering education for coaches, 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 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 awards $1 million annually in equipment grants to youth and high school football programs based on merit and need. USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.
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