Polamalu selected to All-Fundamentals Team


USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, and the NFL Players Association have selected safety
TROY POLAMALUof the Pittsburgh Steelers and 25 other NFL players to the inaugural USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team. This 26-man roster honors the NFL's most fundamentally-sound players who also commit themselves to service in their communities.
This honor recognizes Polamalu as an example for youth players – particularly safeties – to emulate due to his ability to always make a play on the ball.
"Fundaments are always evolving as the game evolves," said Polamalu. "There is your basic pad level and things like that, but as players get bigger, stronger and faster at different positions and schemes evolve, the fundamentals evolve as well.  
"I think it's an honor more for the coaches because it's what they are teaching. Fundamentals take repetition and patience from the coaches so it's them that should be recognized."  

The USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team was selected by a six-person selection committee:
JASON BELSER, former NFL player, USA Football board member, and NFLPA senior regional director
  TOM CARTER, former NFL player and NFLPA regional director
  HERMAN EDWARDS, former NFL head coach and player, ESPN NFL analyst
  SCOTTIE GRAHAM, former NFL player and NFLPA regional director
  LARRY KENNAN, former NFL assistant coach and NFL Coaches Association executive director
  CARL PETERSON, USA Football chairman, former NFL team executive and assistant coach
In addition to his fundamentally-strong play, the five-time NFL All-Star does exemplary work in the Pittsburgh area. Polamalu and his wife, Theodora, created the The Harry Panos Fund. The fund helps U.S. military veterans who have returned from service in Iraq with injuries.
As part of this honor, Polamalu 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, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the league's 31 other 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 at AllFundamentalsTeam.com. These exciting game-action clips offer visual instruction for youth players and coaches alike.
The USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team consists of:
  All 11 offensive positions
 All 11 defensive positions
 Four (4) special teams positions (LS, K, P, KR/PR)
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.

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