ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --For the second consecutive year, Peyton Manning has been named to USA Football's All-Fundamental team, which comprises 26 players: 11 on offense, 11 on defense and four specialists.
USA Football selects players "who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate," as a way to emphasize safer ways of playing the game. The players were chosen with guidance from a five-person selection committee of Charles Davis, Herm Edwards, Merril Hoge, Carl Peterson and Bill Polian.
USA Football's press release commended the fundamental qualities of Manning's game: "Manning is as fundamentally sound a quarterback as there is in the NFL – both before and after the snap. His ability to read defenses and anticipate where the throw will go before even stepping under center gives him a clear advantage on every down. Once in the pocket, his ability to keep a balanced, solid base – even in the face of a pass rush – and quick trigger are examples for all young signal-callers to follow."
Each player chosen for the All-Fundamentals Team will receive a $1,000 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice.
There will be a fan vote through the USA Football Facebook page to determine All-Fundamentals Team captains, one on offense, defense and special teams. USA Football will award each of the three captains an additional $1,000 equipment grant to donate ($2,000 total). Voting is open through Tuesday, Dec. 23.