The NFL makes it's money off the star power of the athletes. Often times when we turn on SportsCenter, we are inundated with flashy plays by big-name skill position players that intrigue fans and keep them wanting more. However, football, in its purest form, is about fundamentally sound players going out of performing to the best of their ability on a consistent basis. New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski isn't as fast as Chris Johnson or as powerful as Adrian Peterson, but he is a fundamentally sound blocker who deserves a lot of credit for his play in 2012. That's why he was named to USA Football's 2012 All-Fundamentals Team.
2012 marks the fourth season in which USA Football has released it's All-Fundamental squad. Overall, 26 players from 18 teams were selected to receive the honor, which brings with it a $1,500 grant for the player to donate to a youth or high school football program of his choice. The All-Fundamentals team recognizes " players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters inherent safety benefits and better on-field performance."
The team was selected by Tom Carter (NFLPA Player Advocate), Charles Davis (football analyst for FOX), Herm Edwards (former NFL head coach), Merril Hoge (ESPN NFL analyst) and Carl Peterson (former NFL executive). Today, Peterson, stressed the importance of fundamentals in football.
"Football never stands still, yet strong fundamentals are timeless,” Peterson said. "Many NFL players exhibit excellent fundamental skills, and those on this roster are extraordinary. We’re proud to recognize them.”
The Giants had a tremendously disappointing 2012 campaign, but it's nice to see some unfamiliar names get some recognition for playing well this season. Big Blue had their fair share of on-field disappointments, but Henry Hynoski consistently lead the way for a banged up running back corp. for the entire season. He deserves this.
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