Ngata Named To All-Fundamentals Team Again

Haloti Ngata is the only player to be named to the team in all three years of existence.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is running out of room for his USA Football All-Fundamentals awards.

They go in his office, and when asked where he would be putting his third, Ngata said it would have to be stacked on top of the other two.

On Thursday, Ngata became the only NFL player to be selected to the All-Fundamentals team in each of its three years of existence. His fundamental skills are defeating a block and the arm-over rush.

“Ngata’s ability to get into an opponent’s backfield and disrupt an offense is based on his sound fundamentals,” the USA Football press release stated. “Even when executing complex moves, he is quick and precise.”

The team honors 26 NFL players – 11 offense, 11 defense, four special teams – who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.

It is assembled by a five-person selection committee: Charles Davis of the NFL Network, former head coaches Herm Edwards and Jim Mora, ESPN’s Merril Hoge and USA Football Chairman Carl Peterson.

“He goes out every day and works on something to make himself better,” Defensive Line Coach Clarence Brooks said. “It’s not easy. He is blessed with an awful lot of talent, but he’s also blessed with a great work ethic.”

Ngata is having another Pro Bowl season. He has 49 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles and is the front wall for the Ravens’ second-ranked rush defense.

“This is awesome; definitely an honor,” Ngata said. “Coaches are a big part of it, helping you find things you can study up on and helping you with techniques. Without having coaches like [Brooks] I probably wouldn’t be as successful.”

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