BALTIMORE RAVENS Haloti Ngata and Sam Koch selected TO USA Football/NFLPA ALL-FUNDAMENTALS TEAM
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, and the NFL Players Association have selected Baltimore Ravens punter SAM KOCH and defensive tackle HALOTI NGATA to the 2010 USA Football/NFL Players Association All-Fundamentals Team.
Twenty-six (26) NFL players (11 offense, 11 defense, 4 special teams) are chosen for this annual distinction based on an ability to consistently execute the fundamentals of their positions and for making a positive impact in their communities. The USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals Team gives youth football players examples of how to properly play the sport and show concern for others off the field. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and NFLPA.
Employing core football fundamentals advances a youth player’s performance and safety, particularly in the areas of blocking and tackling. 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.
Koch employs exemplary punting technique that young players can emulate and stands among league leaders in punts inside the 20 and fewest touchbacks. In his fifth season from Nebraska, Koch has taken part in A Purple Evening (the Ravens’ annual women’s football festival) and Annual Golf Classic to benefit Sarah’s House, a facility that provides emergency shelter for Baltimore families.
Ngata embodies the nucleus of one of the NFL’s top defenses. The fifth-year pro from Oregon is considered among the league’s best interior linemen against the run while also possessing the speed and power to rush opposing quarterbacks. His skill at bull rushing places him on the All-Fundamentals team for the second time, one of only two players named to this team for a second consecutive year (Kyle Vanden Bosch, Detroit). Ngata lost his mother due to complications from diabetes and has been involved in projects to promote and fund diabetes awareness and prevention, including the Walk for Juvenile Diabetes and hosting an essay contest for students to describe ways to promote awareness of the disease.
The 2010 USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals Team was chosen by a seven-person selection committee:
Jason Belser, USA Football board member, NFLPA senior director of player services and former NFL player
Tom Carter, NFLPA regional director and former NFL player
Herm Edwards, ESPN NFL analyst, former NFL head coach and former NFL player
Scottie Graham, NFLPA regional director and former NFL player
Merril Hoge, USA Football board member, ESPN NFL analyst 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
Game-action clips supplied by NFL Films and related video from USA Football’s drills library found at www.allfundamentalsteam.com spotlight All-Fundamentals Team players’ techniques. The video is accompanied by teaching points offering youth coaches and players instruction for every position.
As part of this honor, All-Fundamentals Team players will designate a youth or high school football program that will receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football. Each player also receives an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy produced by Riddell, the official protective equipment partner of USA Football and the official helmet of the NFL.
2010 USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals Team – Offense:
Davone BessWRMiami DolphinsRoute running and catching
Kevin Walter WRHouston TexansCatching with hands
Jason WittenTEDallas CowboysCatching with hands
LaDainian TomlinsonRBN.Y. JetsFollowing blocks and proper cuts
Vonta Leach FBHouston TexansRun blocking
Aaron Rodgers QBGreen Bay PackersThrowing mechanics
Jake LongTMiami DolphinsHands in pass protection
Michael Roos TTennessee TitansPass blocking footwork
Casey WiegmannCKansas City ChiefsSnapping and blocking
Brian WatersGKansas City ChiefsRun blocking footwork
Eric Wood GBuffalo BillsPulling and run blocking
2010 USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals Team – Defense:
Justin TuckDEN.Y. GiantsFinding the ball
Kyle Vanden BoschDEDetroit LionsPass rush take off
Haloti Ngata DTBaltimore RavensPass rush bull rush
Jay RatliffDTDallas CowboysPass rush use of leverage
Barrett Ruud LBTampa Bay BuccaneersForm tackling
Jonathan VilmaLBNew Orleans SaintsAngle tackling
LaMarr Woodley LBPittsburgh SteelersShedding blocks
Champ Bailey CBDenver BroncosPlaying the ball
Antoine WinfieldCBMinnesota VikingsCoverage and agility
Antoine Bethea SIndianapolis ColtsOpen-field tackling
Darren SharperSNew Orleans SaintsBreaking up the pass
2010 USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals Team – Special Teams:
Joshua CribbsKR/PRCleveland BrownsKick catching and returning
Jason HansonKDetroit LionsKicking mechanics
Sam KochPBaltimore RavensPunting mechanics
Patrick MannellyLSChicago BearsLong-snapping mechanics
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport's national governing body, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, 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, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. 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. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.