USA Football and the NFL Players Association put together an All-Fundamentals team every year, which recognizes 11 offensive players, 11 defensive players and four special teams players for their ability to consistently execute the fundamentals of their positions and for making a positive impact in their communities.
Both Ngata and Koch will get to designate a youth or high school football program that will receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football, and each will receive a silver All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy.
For Ngata, it’s his second year in a row winning the award. He joins the Lions’ Kyle Vanden Bosch</a> as the only other player to make the All-Fundamentals team for the second straight year. He’s considered one of the top interior linemen in the league, but has really improved his pass rush skills as well.
Ngata also participates in projects to promote and fund diabetes awareness and prevention after losing his mother to complications from the disease.
“If every young man could practice and play the way you play and follow you as an example, then they’re going to have a great career,” defensive coordinator Greg Mattison told Ngata as he presented him with the award.
Koch leads the league in punts downed inside the 20, and is among the league leaders in fewest touchbacks. He has participated in a number of community events, including the annual golf classic to benefit Sarah’s House, a facility that provides emergency shelter for Baltimore families.
“There’s no more fitting player that could get this award in special teams than Sam Koch,” special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said.