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John Kuhn, B.J. Raji named to USA Football All-Fundamentals Team

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 15, 2014 – 10:59 am

Packers FB John Kuhn and DL B.J. Raji are two of 26 players who have been named to the USA Football All-Fundamentals Team for 2013.

FB John Kuhn & DL B.J. Raji

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.

A total of 11 players on offense, 11 on defense and four on special teams were chosen. Each player 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 Packers, the NFL and each of the league’s other 31 teams.

A fan vote will determine the All-Fundamentals Team captains, one each for offense, defense and special teams. Voting is open until Jan. 29 and can be done by clicking here. USA Football will award each of the three captains a $3,000 equipment grant to donate and an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy.

2013 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team

Offense
QB: Peyton Manning, Broncos
RB: Frank Gore, 49ers
FB: John Kuhn, Packers
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals; A.J. Green, Bengals
TE: Jason Witten, Cowboys
T: Jermon Bushrod, Bears; Tyron Smith, Cowboys
G: Jahri Evans, Saints; Andy Levitre, Titans
C: Nick Hardwick, Chargers

Defense
DE: Chris Long, Rams; Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets
DT: B.J. Raji, Packers; Kyle Williams, Bills
LB: D’Qwell Jackson, Browns; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Robert Mathis, Colts
CB: Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Richard Sherman, Seahawks
S: Eric Berry, Chiefs; Earl Thomas, Seahawks

Special Teams
Ret: Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings
K: Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
P: Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs
LS: Jon Dorenbos, Eagles


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33 Responses to “John Kuhn, B.J. Raji named to USA Football All-Fundamentals Team”

  1. By Hugh Mungasack on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Awesome!!!! I can just imagine little Johnny opening his football cards saying to little Jose: “COOL…I got BJ Raji, he is on the All Fundamentals team”

    C’Mon, really??

    So,is there a second team All Fundamentists???

    When do they play in the Fundamental bowl??

  2. By Dnation on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Raji sure does employ proper technique as he get’s steamrolled and knocked 5 yards off the line every play.

  3. By Debbie Downer on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    They gave it to Raji, the giant suet ball. I just knew they would.

  4. By Fourononeoff on Jan 15, 2014 | Reply

    Come march neither of these 2 might be on the Packers,especially Raji seeing he turned down 2 offers already.

  5. By northerner on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Raji is toooooo slow to play up front. He will be gone before training camp. They need to keep Kuhn merely for the fans in game attendance to call out his name. Other than that he blocks well but given the ball can’t gain a yard.

  6. By Al Neubauer on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Ragi is too slow and Kuhn is too old.

  7. By Dagrise on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    This blog has become the province of dimwits.

  8. By Jason on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    I do not have a problem seeing Kuhn stay; he is still pretty solid, especially on 3rd down, and he blocks well. Raji….so long. Your lack of productivity and two-year sack drought is unacceptable. Good luck elsewhere.

  9. By Debbie Downer on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    norterner, Raji’s contract ended January 10th. He’s technically gone now.

  10. By northerner on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    All the better!

  11. By Debbie Downer on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Yes, Raji flamed out. I just knew he would. Kuhn got old. I just knew that would happen, too.

  12. By john on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Giant suet ball…I knew there was something he reminded me of. The Bears are about ready to cut Peppers, who can play 3/4 or 4/3…hmmmm. They still need another run stuffer though. Pickett’s also had it.

  13. By nflnfl13 on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Will be interesting to see who throws money at a guy that actually quit trying during his contract year so he could get out of Green Bay.

  14. By Green Tide on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Kuhn I can understand and I think he plays his position very well.

    I refrained from commenting on how Raji could win a fundamentals award but now why not pile on. He turned down two offers? Where they offers from GB? What has this guy done that warrants keeping him around? Raji is nothing like a suet ball. Suet balls become solid when it gets cold, Raji still flops around.

  15. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    It seems fundamentally sound to me for Raji to avoid contact and effort on nearly every play to remain safe. Hands on hips, watch ball carrier run by. Good strategy.

  16. By mrpocatello on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    Not to many Raji fans anymore.

  17. By MagikMajkowski on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    Congratulations to those two. Great for the schools getting the donations. Maybe Raji and Kuhn can throw a little extra on top of the $1,500 the are getting.

  18. By Green Tide on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    @Dagrise And yet you still chose to make it your home….

  19. By calvin Smith on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    Lol kuhn does get that yard sometimes and he is a fan favorite not to mention he is tough and was the blocker for the NFL rookie of the year 2 be Lacy…Raji kan go he is not an impact player for us now.

  20. By William Lea on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    Raji, had a cold all year, from all the runners going by him. He gets in his stance, grabs the guy in front and dances in place, while the runners run by him. They he straighten his jersey and dugs on his shirt to go over this pot belly.15 tackles for the year, less then one a game. If the packers bring him back I would use him as a tackling dummy.

  21. By John on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    So they must have missed the game where Kuhn tried to pick up the kick and fumbled it.
    That was one of the dumbest, least fundamentally sound plays by anyone, all year.

  22. By double-0-7 on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    didn’t Raji play some fullbutt/back?

  23. By mrpocatello on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    Boy they have about made an award for everything…lmao

  24. By allan, Conn,. Packer fan on Jan 17, 2014 | Reply

    Raji basically has done nothing this year so does that warrant him being kept here?

    Time for him to move on!

    It’s unfortunate but he certainly didn’t prove that he is worth what the Pac is paying him!

    On a different note, its going to be a big loss for the Pac to see Kevin Greene step down.
    Maybe when he comes back into coaching, it will be time for MM to step down and have KG become the head coach!

    To all Packer fans out there, get ready, were’re going to go into a couple of lean years, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

    Just like we were un-prepared when AR went down, we are definitely unprepared to be able to loose valuable coaches like KG.

    We are not the elite team we once were, we need to make some changes from the top down.
    Elite teams win with defense and offensive superiority.
    That is something we haven’t had for three years now.

    The Niners have evolved into that elite status based on their defense and offensive game planning. Their defense far outshined us, hope we learned from it!

    The winds of change are upon us!

    We need a new and fresh outlook going into next season.

    MM still hasn’t said anything about the DC, think he’s avoiding the issue right now.
    Just keep wondering what Vince would have done!!!!

    Lets pray for some positive moves!!!!!!

  25. By Jon on Jan 18, 2014 | Reply

    You knew they would, Debbie? Did you even know this award existed?

  26. By double-0-7 on Jan 18, 2014 | Reply

    Raji, H.O.F. @ H.O.P. Hey Pickett!, you gonna down those?

  27. By Adrian Meli on Jan 18, 2014 | Reply

    Pretty awesome list of players on which to be included!

  28. By Debbie Downer on Jan 19, 2014 | Reply

    I just know everything, jon. I know that “allan, Conn” is right about everything, too. Unless he isn’t.

  29. By Voice of Treason on Jan 19, 2014 | Reply

    Kevin Greene for head coach, right Allan. He’s turned down ten offers already.

  30. By JoHn Bon Jovine on Jan 19, 2014 | Reply

    Chocolate microscopes?

  31. By David From NC on Jan 20, 2014 | Reply

    The Raji pick is a head scratcher. Fullbacks area dying breed in today’s NFL. Kuhn’s spot on the team may be too valuable for no more than Kuhn is used.

  32. By Tyson on Jan 24, 2014 | Reply

    Is this real Effin life??

  33. By john on Jan 29, 2014 | Reply

    To allan….the 49ers got there by sucking for a decade. You want that?

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