Three football luminaries with connections to the Indianapolis Colts—including newly elected Hall of Famer Bill Polian and former Colts coach Tony Dungy—are teaming up on a new advisory committee for Indianapolis-based USA Football.
Not-for-profit USA Football is the sport's national governing body, leading development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The advisory committee, announced Monday, will make recommendations about on-field instruction, ways to maximize player development, playing standards, rule changes and practice and safety guidelines.
Polian, former general manager and team president for the Colts, will chair the committee.
“The vast, collective knowledge of this committee will be a tremendous resource to USA Football and the millions of children who love to play this game,” Polian said in a prepared statement. “USA Football is raising standards in how coaches are prepared to teach and how player safety is addressed by coaches, players and parents.”
Former Colts center Jeff Saturday also will serve on the committee. The other committee members are coaches David Cutcliffe of Duke, Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and David Shaw of Stanford; Oliver Luck, the NCAA's newest executive; former NFL players Merril Hoge, Roman Oben, and George Teague; American Football Coaches Association executive director Grant Teaff; former college football ref Bill LeMonnier; high school coaches Gabe Infante, Chuck Kyle, John Roderique and Bruce Rollinson; and Pop Warner executive Sam Mutz.