USA Football has selected Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson as a member of the 2013 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which 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.
Jackson keeps his head up, using his eyes to direct him to the ball-carrier. Keeping his shoulders open to the flow of the play, he uses short, choppy steps to drive to the ball and make the tackle.
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 Browns, the NFL and each of the league's other 31 teams.
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.
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