Congratulations go out to Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler on being named to the 3rd annual USA Football All-Fundamental team. USA Football has selected 26 NFL players to its All-Fundamentals Team in an effort to honor players who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.
Previous Vikings honorees on the USA Football All-Fundamental team have been Steve Hutchinson and Antoine Winfield.
“It’ll be a great thing to be able to contribute to the football program, and like I said, this will hopefully get them better equipment so they’ll be better protected for what they’re doing,” Loeffler said. “So, it’s a great award and I’m happy to accept it.”
USA Football’s All-Fundamentals Team recognizes NFL players at each offensive and defensive position as well as four special teams positions. Each NFL player chosen for the All-Fundamentals Team will receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice.
The USA Football All-Fundamentals Team was assembled by a 5-person selection committee that included Charles Davis of NFL Network and FOX Sports, former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, USA Football Board Member and ESPN analyst Merril Hodge, former NFL head coach and newly hired head coach at UCLA Jim Mora, Jr., and USA Football Chairman and former NFL executive Carl Peterson.
Approximately 3 million American children age 6-14 play organized tackle football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth sports. Employing proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, fosters better on-field performance and inherent safety benefits, which is why USA Football strives to recognize and honor those NFL players whose play emphasizes the importance of fundamentals.
“Since he arrived here in 2004, he’s been one of my community go-to guys,” Vikings Executive Director of Community Relations/Youth Football Brad Madson said. “He’s helped out with the National Football Foundation, USA Football, always supporting youth football. In addition, just a few of the other organizations; The Sheriff’s Youth Program, United Way, Special Olympics Minnesota, Taste of the NFL, Minnesota Veterans Home, and of course, our children’s hospital visits.”
NFL game footage showing USA Football All-Fundamentals Team players’ techniques is available at www.usafootball.com/all-fundamentals-team
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and awards $1 million annually in equipment grants to youth and high school football programs based on merit and need. Endowed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.
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