Last weekend, Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis did a good deed.
He delivered a powerful message, too.
Around 150 of Ohio's top football players in the high school class of 2013 were in Dayton for the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Games, and on the morning of the games Green-Ellis spent over an hour addressing them all in a speech and question-and-answer session that wasn't totally impromptu but wasn't scripted, either.
Green-Ellis knew what he wanted to say, but he also wanted to see in the players' faces which parts of his story and his message drew a reaction. He wanted to hand out some college advice "without getting too preachy," and he wanted to make sure none of the young men in the room were taking their opportunities for granted.
He drew -- and kept the attention of the young players.
"I was supposed to take questions for 20 minutes after I talked," Green-Ellis said in a phone interview this week. "I know I was up there for 30 m...