In addition to being named 2013 Pro Bowlers, tackle Ryan Clady and cornerback Champ Bailey have also been named to the 2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team.
Bailey and Clady are two of 26 players, including 11 apiece on offense and defense and four on special teams, who were named to the team for exhibiting exemplary technique that young can players can emulate.
This year’s team is the fourth annual group honored for using proper form and technique, particularly when blocking and tackling.
According to USA Football, “Bailey’s proper footwork helps him be one of the best pass defenders in the NFL. By remaining balanced as wide receivers come in and out of cuts, Bailey remains in position to play the ball in the air and either knock down the throw or come up with an interception.”
USA Football recognized Clady for his “hand placement with his elbows in to control defenders while not holding. His ability to handle pass rushers one-on-one allows his linemates to focus double teams elsewhere and keep the quarterback safe in the pocket.”
As part of the recognition, Clady and Bailey, as well as each of the other 24 players on the team, will receive a $1,500 equipment grant that they can donate to the youth or high school football program of their choice.
Both Clady and Bailey are also still eligible to receive an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy and an additional $1,500 to donate if they are named a team captain. Captains will be decided by a fan vote at facebook.com/usafootball. Fans will vote for three captains, one each for offense, defense and special teams, with voting open until Jan. 21.