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SERVE and PROTECTby: AFM Editorial Staff
© May 2014
Legendary New England Coach John Papas teams up with Xenith to provide future collegiate athletes with added protection,
If you’ve coached at the high school and collegiate levels for over 35 years, chances are you’ve developed strong opinions about football equipment. You know which products are best for your players from performance and safety standpoints and you know which companies are best to work with.
Coach John Papas has seen his share of football equipment in his 36-year coaching career. It started with 11 years in high school, with various stops including the head coach at Belmont (MA) High School for six years, then 13 years as a college assistant at Bentley, Harvard and Tufts and one season as the head coach at Mt. Ida College. He then finished up as head coach at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School (BB&N) in Cambridge for the last 11 years, where his record of 73-20 included four NEPSAC Super Bowl appearances and three New England Prep Championships.
Early in his coaching career, Papas started the New England Elite Football Clinic, which is now in its 21st year. It has become one of the largest football clinics in the country, selling out each of the last seven years with 1,200 players. According to Papas, the clinic’s specialty is stressing high academic performance as well as strong football performance, targeting student-athletes who are candidates for Ivy League schools and other prestigious colleges. “As a result,” he said, “many of the greatest academic colleges in country send staff members to work the clinic. It’s the perfect match; great student-athletes being coached by coaches from some of the best colleges in the world.”
Someone who has been involved for many years in all aspects of managing a football program, including equipment selection, it is significant that Papas chose Xenith as the exclusive helmet supplier at BB&N and at his clinic. “When I was first introduced to Xenith, I was blown away by the structure of the helmet,” said Papas. “It was truly something I had never seen before. I immediately knew that our players should all be wearing a Xenith helmet.”
To learn more, we recently asked Coach Papas more about why he decided that Xenith was the best helmet option for his players and his clinic participants.
Next Generation Helmet • The Xenith X2E
Throughout its history, Xenith has been on the forefront of innovation. Its original helmet model, the X2, included never-before-seen shock absorbing technologies designed to achieve a new level of player protection.
Now, with the introduction of the X2E helmet, Xenith has further innovated by adding features that create an even better fit, more player comfort and a greater level of protection.
The X2E features the same Adaptive Head Protection® technology as previous versions, with two exciting improvements derived from the development of the EPIC helmet. The X2E utilizes optimized shock absorbers that are specifically tuned for each location in the helmet and maximize the space for enhanced performance. The X2E also features new comfort pads made of waterproof TPU. The new pads are more comfortable, durable, easier to clean and more hygienic.
The X2E features Xenith Adaptive Head Protection® which is a system of technologies designed to address the type of hits football players receive on the field, both linear and rotational, to minimize the sudden movement of the head.
Xenith’s Aware-Flow® shock absorbers “Adapt to the Hit” providing an optimal response for both high and low energy hits, and the linear forces that can cause injuries. Xenith’s Shock Bonnet® acts as a suspension system, allowing the helmet shell to move independently, which helps to deflect energy and reduce dangerous rotational forces.
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