Following right guard Kyle Long’s selection to the 2013 All-Rookie team, and left guard Matt Slauson receiving a four-year contract among the first moves of the 2014 offseason, left tackle Jermon Bushrod has been selected a member of the 2013 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team.
The “team” honors 26 NFL players – 11 offense, 11 defense and four special teams – who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.
The fifth annual USA Football All-Fundamentals Team recognizes NFL players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters better on-field performance and inherent safety benefits.
Each 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. USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, is the official youth football development partner of the Bears, the NFL and each of the league’s other 31 teams.
Bushrod started all 1,070 Bears snaps last season and allowed a team-high four sacks, according to analyses by ProFootballFocus.com.
A fan vote will determine All-Fundamentals Team captains at www.facebook.com/usafootball. Fans may vote for one captain on offense, defense and special teams. USA Football will award each of the three captains a $3,000 equipment grant to donate and an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy. Voting is open through Jan. 29.