By Bill Bradley, contributing editor
The fifth annual All-Fundamentals Team honors players who display the offensive and defensive techniques that promote the standards of USA Football, which sponsors the Heads Up Football program and is the governing body of football.
"These 26 men serve as examples to the millions of youth football players across the nation that fundamentals are vital to success at every level," said Carl Peterson, USA Football's chairman and longtime NFL executive who helped to select the team. "According to medical experts, players who master the fundamentals and learn them at younger ages are safer as they progress within the sport."
Fox Sports analyst Charles Davis, former NFL coach Herman Edwards, former NFL running back Merril Hoge and former NFL general manager Bill Polian also helped to pick the team.
USA Football will donate a $1,500 equipment grant to a youth or high school team of each player's choice. Also, fans can vote for a captain of offense, defense and special teams. Each of the three winners will receive another $3,000 grant to donate and a helmet trophy.
2013 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Offense:
2013 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Defense:
2013 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Special Teams: