Super Bowl media day is usually filled with reporters asking terrible questions and players trying to either give the most boring or outlandish answers to said questions, but New England Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has flipped the script.
Instead, Green-Ellis is doing his part to further the database regarding concussion research.
Green-Ellis will wear a special chinstrap called the Impact Indicator made by Battle Sports Science that measures the force and duration of a hit to a player's helmet. If a hit is measured at Head Injury Criterion levels, and LED light turns on, allowing the coaches or referees to notice and get the player to the sideline for concussion tests before further injury is sustained.
"Since the NFL has started paying attention to concussion rates, they've been doing a better job, that's something for young people to (notice)," Green-Ellis told the Boston Herald. "Those concussions at a young age, those can stay for a long time. You want to do something to prevent that. That's what I'm for."
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss posted a photo of the chinstrap that Green-Ellis brought with him to Tuesday's media day:
It's certainly a positive sign that players are taking steps to limit tragic incidents in the future as far as it relates to head injuries in contact sports. Hopefully nobody has to see Green-Ellis's new chinstrap in action this weekend.