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McKelvin receives $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football

Posted Jan 9, 2013

Bills kick returner Leodis McKelvin joins 25 other NFL players as part of the 2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team. The USA Football All-Fundamentals Team honors players who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.

McKelvin and other players chosen will receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice.

Now it is up to the fans to vote for McKelvin for an All-Fundamental Team Captain. Fans can vote for one captain on offense, defense and special teams at If chosen, McKelvin will receive a $3,000 equipment grant to donate and an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy from USA Football. Voting is open through Jan. 21

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. USA Football has placed special emphasis on player safety and concussion awareness. The USA Football All-Fundamentals team recognizes NFL players who employ proper technique, which fosters better on-field performance and inherent safety benefits.

According to USA Football, “McKelvin’s field vision and ability to both set up and follow his blocks makes him one of the most fundamentally sound kick returners in the NFL. Combining his skills with patience and the ability to change his pace as needed make him a danger to opposing coverage teams.”

2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Offense:





Matt Ryan, Falcons


Running back

Arian Foster, Texans



Henry Hynoski, Giants


Wide receiver (2)

Davone Bess, Dolphins

Reggie Wayne, Colts

Tight end

Tony Gonzalez, Falcons


Tackle (2)

Ryan Clady, Broncos

Nate Solder, Patriots

Guard (2)

Mike Iupati, 49ers

Carl Nicks, Buccaneers


Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers



2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Defense:





End (2)

Chris Long, Rams

J.J. Watt, Texans


Tackle (2)

Haloti Ngata, Ravens

Vince Wilfork, Patriots


Linebacker (3)

London Fletcher, Redskins

Chad Greenway, Vikings

Aldon Smith, 49ers

Cornerback (2)

Champ Bailey, Broncos

Charles Tillman, Bears


Safety (2)

Thomas DeCoud, Falcons

Earl Thomas, Seahawks



2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team – Special Teams:



Return specialist

Leodis McKelvin, Bills


Phil Dawson, Browns


Andy Lee, 49ers

Long snapper

Greg Warren, Steelers