Baltimore Ravens Guard Marshal Yanda To Award
USA Football Equipment Grant To Anamosa H.S.
Baltimore Ravens guard MARSHAL YANDAwill donate a $1,000 equipment grant to his alma mater Anamosa (Iowa) High School's football program through USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the Ravens and the NFL.
Yanda was named to USA Football's 2014 All-Fundamentals Team in December, honoring 26 NFL players – 11 offense, 11 defense and four special teams – who employ proper techniques, particularly when blocking and tackling, that fosters inherent safety benefits and better on-field performance. As an All-Fundamentals Team player, Yanda received an equipment grant valued at $1,000 from USA Football to donate to the youth organization or high school program of his choice.
USA Football, the sport's national governing body, trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the U.S. More than 5,500 youth leagues and 750 high schools participated in USA Football's Heads Up Football program in 2014, benefiting nearly 1 million young athletes.
The 2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team was assembled with direction from a five-person selection committee:
- CHARLES DAVIS, USA Football spokesperson, football analyst for NFL Network and FOX Sports
- HERM EDWARDS, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL head coach
- MERRIL HOGE, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL running back
- CARL PETERSON, USA Football chairman, former NFL team executive and assistant coach
- BILL POLIAN, Pro Football Hall of Famer, ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL general manager
2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Offense:
|Quarterback||Peyton Manning, Broncos*|
|Running back||Matt Forte, Bears|
|Fullback||John Kuhn, Packers|
|Wide receiver||Golden Tate, Lions||Reggie Wayne, Colts|
|Tight end||Rob Gronkowski, Patriots|
|Tackle||Jason Peters, Eagles||Joe Thomas, Browns|
|Guard||Zack Martin, Cowboys||Marshal Yanda, Ravens|
|Center||Ryan Kalil, Panthers|
2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Defense:
|End||Cameron Wake, Dolphins||Sheldon Richardson, Jets|
|Tackle||Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers||Kyle Williams, Bills|
|Linebacker||Khalil Mack, Raiders||Luke Kuechly, Panthers||Tamba Hali, Chiefs|
|Vontae Davis, Colts||Terence Newman, Bengals|
|Safety||Ryan Clark, Redskins||Earl Thomas, Seahawks*|
2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Special Teams:
|Return specialist||Jacoby Jones, Ravens|
|Kicker||Chandler Catanzaro, Cardinals|
|Punter||Jon Ryan, Seahawks*|
|Long snapper||Cullen Loeffler, Vikings|
* indicates captains
The 2014 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team captains were selected by a fan vote, learn more about the captains here.
About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is the sport's national governing body, leading the game's development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football advances coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics. Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter @USAFootball.