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Robinson named to All-Fundamentals Team
INDIANAPOLIS - USA Football has selected Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson to its third annual USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which honors 26 NFL players – 11 offense, 11 defense, four special teams – who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.
USA Football’s All-Fundamentals Team recognizes NFL players at each offensive and defensive position as well as four special teams positions. Employing proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, fosters better on-field performance and inherent safety benefits.
Robinson is like another lineman in the backfield with his ability to run block. Exceptional vision and pad level combined with churning legs clears the way for his teammates.
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, is the official youth football development partner of the Seahawks, the NFL and each of the league’s other 31 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. USA Football also will present selected players with a custom-made Riddell helmet trophy.
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 75,000 youth football coaches in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., through its online courses and single-day coaching clinics since 2006. Approximately 3 million American children age 6-14 play organized tackle football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth sports.
The USA Football All-Fundamentals Team was assembled by a five-person selection committee:
- CHARLES DAVIS, USA Football spokesperson, football analyst for NFL Network and FOX Sports
- HERM EDWARDS, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL head coach
- MERRIL HOGE, USA Football board member, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL player
- JIM MORA, USA Football Tackle Advisory Committee member, UCLA head coach
- CARL PETERSON, USA Football chairman, former NFL team executive and assistant coach
NFL game footage showing USA Football All-Fundamentals Team players’ techniques is available at www.usafootball.com/all-fundamentals-team.
|2011 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Offense:|
|Aaron Rodgers||QB||Green Bay Packers||Throwing mechanics|
|Arian Foster||RB||Houston Texans||Following blocks/ball security|
|Michael Robinson||FB||Seattle Seahawks||Run blocking|
|Eric Decker||WR||Denver Broncos||Catching with hands|
|Donald Driver||WR||Green Bay Packers||Catching with hands|
|Heath Miller||TE||Pittsburgh Steelers||Run blocking/catching|
|Nick Mangold||C||New York Jets||Run blocking/combo block|
|David Diehl||G||New York Giants||Run blocking|
|Carl Nicks||G||New Orleans Saints||Run blocking/drive block|
|Jordan Gross||T||Carolina Panthers||Run blocking/combo block|
|Joe Thomas||T||Cleveland Browns||Pass blocking footwork|
|2011 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Defense:|
|Tamba Hali||DE||Kansas City Chiefs||Pass rush|
|Julius Peppers||DE||Chicago Bears||Defeating a block|
|Haloti Ngata||DT||Baltimore Ravens||Defeating a block/arm over rush|
|Justin Smith||DT||San Francisco 49ers||Defeating a block/bull rush|
|Sean Lee||LB||Dallas Cowboys||Tackling|
|Patrick Willis||LB||San Francisco 49ers||Defeating a block/tackling|
|NaVorro Bowman||LB||San Francisco 49ers||Gaining ground downhill/tackling|
|Brent Grimes||CB||Atlanta Falcons||Pass coverage|
|Charles Woodson||CB||Green Bay Packers||Playing the ball|
|Malcolm Jenkins||S||New Orleans Saints||Breaking up the pass|
|Eric Weddle||S||San Diego Chargers||Footwork in coverage|
|2011 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Special Teams:|
|Devin Hester||KR-PR||Chicago Bears||Kick catching/returning|
|Cullen Loeffler||LS||Minnesota Vikings||Long snapping mechanics|
|Josh Scobee||K||Jacksonville Jaguars||Kicking mechanics|
|Shane Lechler||P||Oakland Raiders||Punting mechanics|