DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke letterman and current 13-year NFL veteran Patrick Mannelly has been named to the 2010 USA Football/NFL Players Association All-Fundamentals Team.
A native of Marietta, Ga., Mannelly lettered four seasons (1993-95; 1997) as an offensive lineman at Duke and was a sixth round choice of the Chicago Bears in the 1998 NFL Draft. Earlier this season, he etched his name into the Chicago Bears’ record book by playing in his franchise-record 192nd game, breaking Steve McMichael’s club record of 191 games played. Chicago’s starting long snapper during his entire 13-year career, Mannelly has served as the Bears’ special teams captain each of the last three seasons.
Twenty-six players (11 offense, 11 defense, 4 special teams) were chosen for this annual distinction based on an ability to consistently execute the fundamentals of their positions and for making a positive impact in their communities. The USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals Team gives youth football players examples of how to properly play the sport and show concern for others off the field. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and the NFLPA.
Employing core football fundamentals advances a youth player’s performance and safety, particularly in the areas of blocking and tackling. 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.
The 2010 USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals Team was chosen by a seven-person selection committee: Jason Belser (USA Football board member, NFLPA senior director of player services and former NFL player), Tom Carter (NFLPA regional director and former NFL player), Herm Edwards (ESPN NFL analyst, former NFL head coach and former NFL player), Scottie Graham (NFLPA regional director and former NFL player), Merril Hoge (USA Football board member, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL player), Larry Kennan (NFL Coaches Association executive director and former NFL assistant coach) and Carl Peterson (USA Football chairman, former NFL team executive and assistant coach).
Game-action clips supplied by NFL Films and supporting video from USA Football’s drills library found at www.allfundamentalsteam.com spotlight All-Fundamentals Team players’ techniques. The video is accompanied by teaching points offering youth coaches and players instruction for every position.
As part of this honor, All-Fundamentals Team players will designate a youth or high school football program that will receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football. Each player also receives an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy produced by Riddell, the official protective equipment partner of USA Football and the official helmet of the NFL.
2010 USA Football/NFL Players Association All-Fundamentals Team OFFENSE Davone Bess (Miami), WR Kevin Walter (Houston), WR Jason Witten (Dallas), TE LaDainian Tomlinson (N.Y. Jets), RB Vonta Leach (Houston), FB Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay), QB Jake Long (Miami), OT Michael Roos (Tennessee), OT Casey Wiegmann (Kansas City), C Brian Waters (Kansas City), OG Eric Wood (Buffalo), OG
DEFENSE Justin Tuck (N.Y. Giants), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (Detroit), DE Haloti Ngata (Baltimore), DT Jay Ratliff (Dallas), DT Barrett Ruud (Tampa Bay), LB Jonathan Vilma (New Orleans), LB LaMarr Woodley (Pittsburgh), LB Champ Bailey (Denver), CB Antoine Winfield (Minnesota), CB Antoine Bethea (Indianapolis), S Darren Sharper (New Orleans), S
SPECIAL TEAMS Joshua Cribbs (Cleveland), KR/PR Jason Hanson (Detroit), K Sam Koch (Baltimore), P Patrick Mannelly (Chicago), LS
USA Football, the sport's national governing body, 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, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. 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 NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.