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10 December 2014


Fan vote to determine captains for annual squad that honors the best technique for young players to emulate
USA Football has selected Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle GERALD McCOY as a member of the 2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which honors 26 NFL players – 11 offense, 11 defense and four special teams – who exhibit exemplary football techniques for young players to emulate.
The sixth annual USA Football All-Fundamentals Team recognizes NFL players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters better on-field performance and advances player safety.
McCoy plays with leverage and an explosive get off as well as anyone in the NFL. His hand technique at the point of attack gives him the ability to manipulate blockers in small spaces. He also is able to get “skinny” when necessary, turning his shoulders and hips to maneuver through small gaps and get to the football.
Each player chosen for the All-Fundamentals Team will receive a $1,000 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice. USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, is the official youth football development partner of the Buccaneers, the NFL and each of the league’s other 31 teams.
A fan vote will determine All-Fundamentals Team captains at Fans may vote for one captain on offense, defense and special teams. USA Football will award each of the three captains a $2,000 equipment grant to donate. Voting is open through Dec. 22.
USA Football educates more high school and youth coaches combined than any organization in the United States.
The USA Football All-Fundamentals Team was assembled with guidance from 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, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL running back
  • CARL PETERSON, USA Football chairman, former NFL team executive and assistant coach

  • BILL POLIAN, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL general manager
More on past USA Football All-Fundamentals Team players’ techniques is available at:
2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Offense:
POSITION        NAME, TEAM        
Quarterback Peyton Manning, Broncos  
Running back Matt Forte, Bears  
Fullback John Kuhn, Packers        
Wide receiver Golden Tate, Lions Reggie Wayne, Colts
Tight end Rob Gronkowski, Patriots  
Tackle Jason Peters, Eagles Joe Thomas, Browns
Guard Zack Martin, Cowboys Marshal Yanda, Ravens
Center Ryan Kalil, Panthers  
2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Defense:
End Cameron Wake, Dolphins Sheldon Richardson, Jets  
Tackle Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers Kyle Williams, Bills  
Linebacker Khalil Mack, Raiders Luke Kuechly, Panthers Tamba Hali, Chiefs
Cornerback Vontae Davis, Colts Terence Newman, Bengals  
Safety Ryan Clark, Redskins Earl Thomas, Seahawks  
2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Special Teams:
Return specialist Jacoby Jones, Ravens
Kicker Chandler Catanzaro, Cardinals
Punter Jon Ryan, Seattle Seahawks
Long snapper Cullen Loeffler, Vikings
About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football ( is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football advances coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics.

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