Dec. 10, 2009
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Former Purdue All-American Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints has been named the quarterback on the inaugural "All-Fundamentals" Team as selected by USA Football and the NFL Players Association.
The 26-man roster honors the NFL's most fundamentally sound players who also commit themselves to service in their communities. The players are cited as examples for youth players to emulate due to their sound technique.
In addition to their fundamentally strong play, each member on the team does exemplary work in their communities.
The 2009 USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" includes:
David Akers, K, Philadelphia Eagles, Kicking mechanics
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Oakland Raiders, Breaking up the pass
David Binn, LS, San Diego Chargers, Long-snapping mechanics
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints, Throwing mechanics
Ryan Clady, T, Denver Broncos, Hands in pass protection
Darnell Dockett, DT, Arizona Cardinals, Defeating blocks
Alan Faneca, G, New York Jets, Combo/zone blocking
Cortland Finnegan, CB, Tennessee Titans, Man-to-man coverage
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals, Proper catching with hands
London Fletcher, LB, Washington Redskins, Angle tackling
Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons, Catching in traffic
Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers, Ball security/proper cuts
Steve Hutchinson, G, Minnesota Vikings, Pulling, run blocking
Brian Moorman, P, Buffalo Bills, Punting mechanics
Haloti Ngata, DT/NT, Baltimore Ravens, Footwork and leverage
Moran Norris, FB, San Francisco 49ers, Run blocking
Troy Polamalu, S, Pittsburgh Steelers, Playing the ball
Jeff Saturday, C, Indianapolis Colts, Snapping and blocking
Clifton Smith, KR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kick catching and returning
Joe Thomas, T, Cleveland Browns, Pass blocking footwork
Osi Umenyiora, DE, New York Giants, Takeoff and pass rush
Kyle Vanden Bosch, DE, Tennessee Titans, Playing the run
Mike Vrabel, LB, Kansas City Chiefs, Shedding blocks
DeMarcus Ware, LB, Dallas Cowboys, Pass rush/bull rush
Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers, Open-field tackling
Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots, Proper catching with hands
As part of the honor, each selected player 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 and each of the NFL's 32 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 here. These exciting game-action clips offer visual instruction for youth players and coaches alike.
Brees has led the Saints to a 12-0 record this season. With last Sunday's dramatic come-from-behind 33-30 overtime victory at Washington, New Orleans tied the franchise record for wins a season and became one of only eight teams in NFL history to start a season 12-0. In addition, the Saints clinched the NFC South Division title and can clinch a first-round bye with a win or a tie Sunday at Atlanta.
Brees leads the NFL with 29 touchdown passes and a 111.3 quarterback rating and is tops in the NFC with 3,536 passing yards and a .691 completion percentage (271 of 392).
The USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team was selected by a six-person selection committee:
* Jason Belser, NFLPA senior regional director, USA Football board member and former NFL player
* Tom Carter, NFLPA regional director and former NFL player
* Herman Edwards, former NFL head coach and player, ESPN NFL analyst
* Scottie Graham, NFLPA regional director and former NFL player
* Larry Kennan, NFL Coaches Association executive director and former NFL assistant coach
* Carl Peterson, USA Football chairman, former NFL team executive and assistant coach
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.