Robinson named to All-Fundamentals Team

Posted Dec 16, 2011

USA Football honors 26 NFL players who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.

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

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