Norris Selected to 'All-Fundamentals' Team

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USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, and the NFL Players Association have selected fullback Moran Norris of the San Francisco 49ers and 25 other NFL players to the inaugural USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team. This 26-man roster honors the NFL's most fundamentally-sound players who also commit themselves to service in their communities.

This honor recognizes Norris as an example for youth players – particularly fullbacks – to emulate due to his superior run blocking ability.

The USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team was selected by a six-person selection committee:

-JASON BELSER, former NFL player, USA Football board member, and NFLPA senior regional director

-TOM CARTER, former NFL player and NFLPA regional director

-HERMAN EDWARDS, former NFL head coach and player, ESPN NFL analyst

-SCOTTIE GRAHAM, former NFL player and NFLPA regional director

-LARRY KENNAN, former NFL assistant coach and NFL Coaches Association executive director

-CARL PETERSON, USA Football chairman, former NFL team executive and assistant coach

In addition to his fundamentally-strong play, Norris does exemplary work in the Houston and San Francisco communities. The Moran Norris Foundation helps Houston-area students become champions in athletics, character and education.

As part of this honor, Norris will designate a youth or high school football program to receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFLPA, the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers and the league's 31 other teams. Each player also receives a pewter-dipped "All-Fundamentals" Team helmet trophy produced by Riddell, USA Football's official helmet and equipment partner.

A video clip of each of the 26 players, spotlighting their sound football technique for young players to emulate, resides at AllFundamentalsTeam.com. These exciting game-action clips offer visual instruction for youth players and coaches alike.

The USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team consists of:

-All 11 offensive positions

-All 11 defensive positions

-Four (4) special teams positions (LS, K, P, KR/PR)

USA Football teaches the game's fundamentals and inherent values through more than 80 annual training events and innovative football training resources employed by its members who reside in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

2009 USA Football/NFLPA "All-Fundamentals" Team:

NAME

POSITION

TEAM

FOOTBALL FUNDAMENTAL

Tony Gonzalez

TE

Catching in traffic

Ryan Clady

T

Hands in pass protection

Joe Thomas

T

Pass blocking footwork

Alan Faneca

G

Combo/zone blocking

Steve Hutchinson

G

Pulling, run blocking

Jeff Saturday

C

Snapping and blocking

Larry Fitzgerald

WR

Proper catching with hands

Wes Welker

WR

Proper catching with hands

Ryan Grant

RB

Ball security/proper cuts

Moran Norris

FB

San Francisco 49ers

Run blocking

Drew Brees

QB

Throwing mechanics

Osi Umenyiora

DE

Takeoff and pass rush

Kyle Vanden Bosch

DE

Playing the run

Darnell Dockett

DT

Arizona Cardinals

Defeating blocks

Haloti Ngata

DT/NT

Footwork and leverage

Mike Vrabel

LB

Shedding blocks

London Fletcher

LB

Angle tackling

DeMarcus Ware

LB

Pass rush/bull rush

Cortland Finnegan

CB

Tennessee Titans

Man-to-man coverage

Nnamdi Asomugha

CB

Breaking up the pass

Troy Polamalu

S

Playing the ball

Eric Weddle

S

Open-field tackling

David Akers

K

Kicking mechanics

Brian Moorman

P

Punting mechanics

David Binn

LS

San Diego Chargers

Long-snapping mechanics

Clifton Smith

KR

Kick catching and returning

About USA FootballUSA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, 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 youth football development partner of the NFL Players Association, the NFL, and its 32 teams. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and provides $1 million annually in equipment grants and subsidizes youth league volunteer background checks. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.

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