Green-Ellis to wear unique chin strap

Mike Reiss/ESPNBoston.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis will wear an Impact Indicator chin strap (pictured at right) in Super Bowl XLVI, something he brought with him to media day on Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"It registers the amount of impact that you get hit on," Green-Ellis explained. "I'm really wearing it just to improve the awareness for parents and things like that. You can get hit and you see your child out there, you don't really know what's going on, but if you see the light is blinking you can have a coach or somebody check them out. It can do more for concussion tests because it's something that's really been serious. You see all the concussion hits that have been going on in the NFL, and I just want to bring up the awareness."

Green-Ellis reflected on his early years in football and how his mother was reluctant to allow him to play. If he had the Impact Indicator, he thinks it might have changed the decision.

The black chin strap looks a bit bigger than a traditional chin strap, but Green-Ellis relayed it feels similar.

"I've been wearing it for the last couple weeks. It's not really anything that's different about it, it's just a chin strap," he said. "The only thing that's different is it registers the amount of impact that you're getting once you get hit, and that will be fun."