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New York Giants’ Henry Hynoski Named to USA Football’s 2012 All-Fundamentals Team

January 7th, 2013 at 4:00 PM
By Paul Tierney

The NFL makes it's money off the star power of the athletes. Often times when we turn on SportsCenter, we are inundated with flashy plays by big-name skill position players that intrigue fans and keep them wanting more. However, football, in its purest form, is about fundamentally sound players going out of performing to the best of their ability on a consistent basis. New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski isn't as fast as Chris Johnson or as powerful as Adrian Peterson, but he is a fundamentally sound blocker who deserves a lot of credit for his play in 2012. That's why he was named to USA Football's 2012 All-Fundamentals Team.

2012 marks the fourth season in which USA Football has released it's All-Fundamental squad. Overall, 26 players from 18 teams were selected to receive the honor, which brings with it a $1,500 grant for the player to donate to a youth or high school football program of his choice. The All-Fundamentals team recognizes " players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters inherent safety benefits and better on-field performance."

The team was selected by Tom Carter (NFLPA Player Advocate), Charles Davis (football analyst for FOX), Herm Edwards (former NFL head coach), Merril Hoge (ESPN NFL analyst) and Carl Peterson (former NFL executive). Today, Peterson, stressed the importance of fundamentals in football.

"Football never stands still, yet strong fundamentals are timeless,” Peterson said. "Many NFL players exhibit excellent fundamental skills, and those on this roster are extraordinary. We’re proud to recognize them.”

The Giants had a tremendously disappointing 2012 campaign, but it's nice to see some unfamiliar names get some recognition for playing well this season. Big Blue had their fair share of on-field disappointments, but Henry Hynoski consistently lead the way for a banged up running back corp. for the entire season. He deserves this.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon


Tags: Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Football, Henry Hynoski, New York, New York Giants, NFL, NFLPA

80 Responses to “New York Giants’ Henry Hynoski Named to USA Football’s 2012 All-Fundamentals Team”

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  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    RG3 Torn ACL, PCL.

    2nd time on same ACL for same knee.

    •  njm0m says:

      Nice, so does everyone think leaving him in was still the right thing to do????

    •  demo3356 says:

      yikes.. poor kid.. nice job there leather face shanahan

      •  Krow says:

        The evil Shanahans ran him into the ground. Everyone could see this coming. They just didn’t care. My friend at work … the one who has the childhood pal with the ortho practice connection … said the Redskins knew his knee was unstable. Slapped on the brace to steady it and sent him out. Ba$tards.

      •  JimStoll says:

        maybe Kenny P should take note

  2.  kujo says:

    Just glad to hear from norm. We all feared the worst.

  3.  Samardzija says:

    Sooo, whos gonna watch ND become National Champs today?

    GO IRISH!!!!!!!

  4.  demo3356 says:

    I’d love to see the Golden Domers win but its not likely.. Saban is a witch when he has so much time to prepare.. Ill be shocked if ND scores 13

  5.  jfunk says:

    So does anything come of that Dr. Andrews interview?

    I can’t imagine he’ll be the team doctor next year. He was obviously pissed about the situation with Shanahan saying he OK’d his return to the game he original hurt it in (and I can’t blame him, that’s his reputation on the line).

    But he said in that interview that Shanahan wouldn’t even let the doctors near RGIII. That’s got to have some consequences from the league, no?

  6.  BigBlueGiant says:

    NjMom, i mean… F ND. Not F the Irish!

    seriously though. F Rudy and his fake story as well.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Hynoski improved a lot this season but still isn’t where he needs to be. Watch the Ravens this weekend and see what a GREAT fullback looks like (although it won’t help….Peyton is going to send them home unhappy and will certainly exploit Ray Lewis in the passing game). But Hynoscerous can get there next season. He just needs to make a bit quicker decisions in the hole.

  8.  BlueSince60 says:

    Not sure where it’s been confirmed that RGIII has a torn ACL. Everything I see says the MRI was inconclusive, and he’s going for more tests. If it is the same knee though, Shanahan says he’ll be ready for mini-camp.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    I guess RGIII’s injury is good for the Giants, but it’s a shame that such an exciting player was exposed to this stuff. Never mind the disregard for his long-term health (and I’m not at all sure it wasn’t just as much the doctors and Griffen himself who caused the problem). That pistol offense was a prescription for seeing damage done to your franchise quarterback.

    I’ve long been on record as saying that Andrew Luck is The One, and that will definitely prove to be the case, but RGIII is a great kid and I hope he can turn into a pretty decent pocket passer who runs only on very rare occasions just to make defenses respect that part of his game.

    As I’ve been saying, I think it’s the Cowboys we need to worry about over the next few years, with the Skins hurt by giving away too many drafts and the Eagles just trying to establish an identity. If the Cowboys have another good draft and their injured players come back healthy they are going to be a serious rival.

  10.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM
    I’m a big Osi fan. I like him unlike most now. I think he has been underrated as a player, especially since he b*tched about his contract. Osi while clearly not a stud against the run overall was never as bad as rumored against the run. However, from his performance this year I can see us not missing him much if at all. Given how poorly JPP and Tuck played if those two revert back to form we could be better at DE. Add to that I think Kiwi (assuming he moves back to DE fulltime) should be better as a fulltime DE, he’s not Osi as a pass rusher but can do well enough.

    Though I think Osi has good years left I think his departure can be more like Jacobs and less like Manningham. Jacobs was missed emotionally but not on the field. Manningham was missed but I still think we made the right decision.

    Krow says:
    January 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM
    I want to see how much he gets in comparison to what Reese offers. Success is fleeting … and in the NFL sometimes it’s very dependent on how you fit with a particular team.

    Often players are foolish in this regard *cough* Jacobs *cough*, and leave clubs that value them for a few extra dollars. Dollars that many times they never get.

    Ego friendly back-loaded deals … long term contracts unscrupulous GMs know they’ll never fulfill … it’s a suckers game. Hopefully Osi makes the right decision.


    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think Jacobs is different. He was done. He’s a RB and that’s what happens to them. Osi, I think will be re-freshed somewhat in a new situation for the short term. His response seems to lend itself to not feeling appreciated and I think that will lead to pretty good numbers next year. Plaus he will get more snaps. Osi doesn’t have to go to a bad team to get some pretty good money. Look at a team like Atl or NE, they could use an Osi type player and they are still playing.

      Although, JR is saying the right things how much can we really afford to pay a 3rd DE? 6 mil per year is something that seems reasonable but how could we afford that with the numbers we have Tuck and Kiwii in addition to players like Beatty and Boothe? Kiwi is overpaid for LB but is probably paid fairly for his role as DE if Osi leaves. Osi’s situation is very Manningham like. Maybe he ends up getting lower than expected but I doubt that still allows him to return. Unless we unexpectedly let go of Tuck or Kiwi.

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