Football came easy for Laurent Robinson somewhere in the middle of his high school career for the Rockledge Raiders. His height shot up and his skills skyrocketed. He became a star at wide receiver and rode that stardom to a successful college and professional career.
He has been injured here and there during his time in the NFL with the Falcons, Rams, Chargers, Cowboys and Jaguars. But nothing prepared him for the hard lessons he learned in Jacksonville during the 2012-2013 season.
After signing a lucrative free agent contract, he found himself out for the year when he suffered 4 concussions. Now, Robinson has a new mission as he rehabs and tries to play his way back into the NFL. He is trying to help cut down on the number of concussions in high school football and began that quest by donating 15 Shockbox concussion sensors to his alma mater, Rockledge High School.
"I wanted to do something to give back to my community, to my high school," Robinson said.
The little strips fit right inside players helmets and they detect hits. Coaches, trainers, and even parents can track those hits with a Shockbox smartphone app.
""It makes them aware a little bit of not trying to tough it out when they take that big hit and they start gettin' dizzy and feel a little nauseated or whatever," said Rockledge Coach Larry Laskowski.
More than 65,000 high school football players get concussions every year. The helmet sensors cost $149. Rockledge is the first school in Florida to use them.
FOX 35's Tom Johnson will have a report tonight, during FOX 35 News at 10 p.m.
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