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Jahvid Best | Running Back | #44

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/30/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 199
College: California
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (30) / DET
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Ex-Lions RB Jahvid Best is attempting to make the Saint Lucia Olympic track and field team and participate in the Rio Games.
There could potentially be up to five past or current NFL players taking part in this summer's Olympics, including Bills WR Marquise Goodwin, Patriots S Nate Ebner, ex-49ers RB Jarryd Hayne, ex-Patriots KR Jeff Demps, and Best. Saint Lucia is a tiny Caribbean island, but Best's eligibility is being complicated by the citizenship process. Best hasn't played in the NFL since 2011. May 16 - 7:25 PM
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Free agent Jahvid Best's concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL has been dismissed.

Best was also suing helmet-makers Riddell and Easton-Bell Sports. Best can apparently refile the lawsuit, but it's unclear if he will do so. Best spent 2013 as a student assistant coach at his alma mater Cal. Although he's still only 25, his NFL career is through.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 08:43:00 PM

Free agent Jahvid Best is suing the NFL, alleging the league "knew about the risks of head injuries suffered by players, but didn’t do enough to protect them."

Best is also suing helmet-maker Riddell. Best suffered three-known concussions during his two-year NFL career, the last of which ostensibly ended his playing days in October 2011. The suit is a clear sign he's officially given up on playing again even though he's only 24. A Cal graduate, Best is joining the Golden Bears' coaching staff for 2014.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 04:04:00 PM

Free agent Jahvid Best has enrolled back in school at Cal and will join the Golden Bears' football coaching staff as a student assistant.

Best's playing days are believed to be over due to concussions. He can't find any doctors to clear him. Lions KR/WR Jeremy Ross recently said he thinks Best is going to get back into track; Best was a sprinter in high school and college. For now, Best plans to complete his degree and get his feet wet in coaching.
Sun, Jan 19, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Lions KR Jeremy Ross told the Detroit Free Press in December that he believes free agent Jahvid Best is done with football.

Debilitated by concussions, Best was waived by the Lions last July and hasn't been picked up for a look-see. "I think he told me he was going to try and do some track, get into some track workouts and maybe potentially do the track thing," Ross said of Best, a decorated high school and college sprinter. Best, 25, has not responded to media requests for interviews in recent months.
Mon, Jan 6, 2014 07:26:00 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports ex-Lions RB Jahvid Best hasn't given up on resuming his career, but is "not cleared at this point."

Best was waived in July, more than 21 months after his most recent snap. Best is still only 24, but the fact is, no NFL team is going to medically clear a player with his concussion history. Best should give up the ghost at some point in the near future.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 12:43:00 PM

According to the National Football Post's Len Pasquarelli, there is "suspicion in some quarters" that free agent Jahvid Best (concussions) will continue to meet with brain specialists and try to resume his career.

Best hasn't played football since October 2011 and still "possesses residual effects" from his five documented concussions. Pasquarelli believes the "likelihood" remains Best will end up retiring. Best is still only 24 years old.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 08:28:00 AM

Lions waived RB Jahvid Best.

It's a move nearly two years in the making. Best hasn't played since suffering his most recent concussion on Oct. 16, 2011, and only remained on the roster as a good faith gesture so he could continue to accrue time toward his NFL pension. Best said in March that he's "never giving up hope" of playing again, but his career is essentially over. Still only 24, Best was the 30th pick of the 2010 draft.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 04:07:00 PM

Jahvid Best (concussions) reportedly isn't even taking neurological tests anymore.

Best's NFL career is essentially over. The Lions are keeping him on the roster as a good-faith gesture toward an employee who was injured on the job. Best continues to accrue time in the NFL's pension program even though he hasn't played since Week 6 of the 2011 season.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 08:08:00 AM

GM Martin Mayhew says Jahvid Best (concussions) is not participating in the offseason program right now.

This comes as no surprise. Best has repeatedly said that he plans to play football again, but the odds are against him ever being cleared medically. The Lions may consider shelving Best on PUP for a second-straight season. He has two years left on his contract.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 01:35:00 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew says he'll consider stashing Jahvid Best (concussions) on PUP for the entire 2013 season.

The Lions did the same with Best last year. The approach would give Best more time to recover, and the club a chance to activate him after six games in case Best receives medical clearance. Best has stated repeatedly that he hopes to continue his football career. The Lions see no reason to cut him in the meantime.
Source: MLive.com
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Jahvid Best (concussions) is "never giving up hope" of playing again.

"It's been about a year and a half now, but I'm still working out like I'm playing next week," Best said. "I'm staying ready so if the opportunity does present itself, I'll be ready." Best has been symptom free for some time now, but unable to obtain final clearance from a neurologist. If Best ever does take the field again, it's unlikely to be with the Lions, who moved on by signing Reggie Bush. Unfortunately, Best has probably played his final down.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 10:09:00 AM

Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed the Lions will approach the 2013 offseason as if Jahvid Best (concussions) is not on the roster.

The Lions are pursuing a speed back to pair with early-down bruiser Mikel Leshoure. Asked specifically about free agent Reggie Bush, Schwartz replied, "Has tampering season officially opened? We’re worried about our own team right now, we’re evaluating every single player ... and we’ll leave no stone unturned."
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 03:50:00 PM

Teammate Nate Burleson believes Jahvid Best (concussions) should "shut it down."

"I just told him that, if it was me, I would shut it down," Burleson said. "You've got so much more life to live, and even though I would love to have you on the field, I don't want it to risk anything that has to do with your brain or possibly your post-career." Best has yet to officially retire, but the Lions are moving forward as if he has. It's probably only a matter of time before Best hangs it up.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 03:09:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press acknowledges that Jahvid Best's (concussions) career is likely over, and the Lions are searching for his replacement.

Doctors have refused to clear Best to take more hits after suffering two concussions in 2011, and four in his football-playing career. The Lions have seemingly moved on, as GM Martin Mayhew reiterated that he needs to find "that shifty back that can come in and be that change-of-pace guy who can catch passes out of the backfield." Coaching the South team at the Senior Bowl, Jim Schwartz's staff has kept a close eye on running backs.
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 08:28:00 AM

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