Ryan Clady (78) before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

Champ Bailey, Ryan Clady Named to All-Fundamentals Team


When you look at a winning team, it all goes back to fundamentals.

USA Football has selected Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and offensive tackle Ryan Clady to the 2012 USA All-Fundamentals Team, which honors 26 NFL players (11 on offense, 11 on defense, and 4 on special teams) who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.

The award recognizes NFL players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters better on-field performance and inherent safety benefits.

Bailey and Clady will each receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the Broncos, the NFL and each of the league’s other 31 teams.

A fan vote will determine All-Fundamentals Team captains at www.facebook.com/usafootball. Fans may vote for one captain on offense, defense and special teams. USA Football will award each of the three captains a $3,000 equipment grant to donate and an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy. Voting is open through Jan. 21.

2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Offense:

POSITION        NAME, TEAM        
Quarterback Matt Ryan, Falcons
Running back Arian Foster, Texans
Fullback Henry Hynoski, Giants
Wide receiver (2) Davone Bess, Dolphins Reggie Wayne, Colts
Tight end Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
Tackle (2) Ryan Clady, Broncos Nate Solder, Patriots
Guard (2) Mike Iupati, 49ers Carl Nicks, Buccaneers
Center Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers

2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Defense:

POSITION        NAME, TEAM    
End (2) Chris Long, Rams J.J. Watt, Texans
Tackle (2) Haloti Ngata, Ravens Vince Wilfork, Patriots
Linebacker (3) London Fletcher, Redskins Chad Greenway, Vikings Aldon Smith, 49ers
Cornerback (2) Champ Bailey, Broncos Charles Tillman, Bears
Safety (2) Thomas DeCoud, Falcons Earl Thomas, Seahawks

2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Special Teams:

POSITION        NAME, TEAM
Return specialist Leodis McKelvin, Bills
Kicker Phil Dawson, Browns
Punter Andy Lee, 49ers
Long snapper Greg Warren, Steelers

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