Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has switched helmets after missing two weeks of training camp with a concussion.
Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee has an interesting item in which Jennings explains the move to a Riddell model that some believe better protects players against head injuries. It’s important to note that no helmet will make a player concussion-proof.
Jennings is now wearing a model he doesn’t believe looks as good but provides better protection for him, a key because Wilde reports the veteran has suffered three concussions in his career.
“I actually tried it out a couple days after I came back and gave it a shot, and it was extremely comfortable. It’s the top-of-the-line helmet,” Jennings said. “Looks are important – I don’t particularly care for the way the helmet looks — but it didn’t look bad enough for me to go back to my helmet that I was in.
“It’s kind of like an old-school car versus a 2013 model. There’s obviously upgrades and safety and things that are going to allow you a more comfortable, safe ride. Same as the helmet. But old-school ones, if you pull them out, they look great, but you don’t drive them as often, because if something were to happen, you might be in trouble.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a helmet switch himself in 2010 when he suffered two concussions. Players change helmets from time to time.
Hopefully, technology will continue to evolve and improve player safety.
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