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Great Hands

INDIANAPOLIS -- You can bet on just about anything when it comes to the Super Bowl. You can bet on which team will win the coin flip, or whether there will be a two-point conversion. There are even wacky wagers like, "Will Kelly Clarkson botch the lyrics to the anthem?" or "What color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach?"

But you won't find anyone foolish enough to bet on BenJarvus Green-Ellis to fumble. That's because the chances are zero. The Patriots' fourth-year running back has never fumbled in his NFL career. Green-Ellis, whose nickname is "The Law Firm", has not put the ball on the ground in 562 career touches -- which includes rushes, receptions and kick returns.

That's the longest such streak to start a career since the NFL began keeping track of fumbles in 1945.  LaDainian Tomlinson once had 712 consecutive touches without a fumble during the middle of his career.

I asked Green-Ellis during Wednesday's media sessions if he'd always been good at ball security.

"It's just something I've been blessed and fortunate to do," said Green-Ellils. "It's nothing in particular that I'm doing. It's just that God has allowed me to hold on to the ball. No one wants to fumble the ball. It's something that happens, and sometimes it's just unfortunate."

When was your last fumble, he was asked? Green-Ellis lost five fumbles during his college career at Indiana and Mississippi.

"I don't even want to talk about it."

At that point, I dropped the subject.

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