Player Page

Jahvid Best | Running Back | #44

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/30/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 199
College: California
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (30) / DET
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Ex-Lions RB Jahvid Best failed to advance to the semifinals of the 100m dash at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Running in a heat with Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, Best finished seventh with a time of 10.39. That was not good enough to advance, but even getting to Rio was an outstanding accomplishment for the former running back. Only 27, Best could make a push for the 2020 games in Tokyo. Sat, Aug 13, 2016 12:12:00 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

Ex-Lions RB Jahvid Best has been selected to represent St. Lucia in track and field at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Best was born in the United States, but his father holds dual citizenship in both the U.S. and St. Lucia. He will run the 100m in Rio. "This is a huge accomplishment for me, but at the same time this is just the beginning," Best said. "I have only been in this sport for two years professionally, and plan on being around for a long time." After his NFL career ended prematurely due to concussions, it is great to see Best has landed on his feet.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 08:42:00 AM

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.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, May 16, 2016 07:25:00 PM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Phillip Sims
3Josh Freeman
4Luke McCown
5Ryan Lindley
6Trevone Boykin
7Aaron Murray
8Dylan Thompson
9G.J. Kinne
10Johnny Manziel
11Charlie Whitehurst
12Jerrod Johnson
13Bryan Bennett
14Thad Lewis
15Matt Simms
16Dan Orlovsky
17Tim Tebow
18Ryan Williams
19Brad Sorensen
20Seth Lobato
21Austin Trainor
22Pat Devlin
23Matt Blanchard
24Dan LeFevour
25McLeod Bethel-Thompson
26Keith Wenning
27Trevor Knight
28Jerry Lovelocke
29Ryan Nassib
30Chandler Harnish
31Chase Rettig
32R.J. Archer
33Zach Mettenberger
34Sean Renfree
35Cody Fajardo
36Shane Carden
37Griffin Neal
38Marquise Williams
39Max Wittek
40Joe Licata
41Sefo Liufau
42Bart Houston
43David Olson
44Dane Evans
45Eli Jenkins
46Dalyn Williams
47Wes Lunt
48Jake Waters
RB1DeMarco Murray
2C.J. Anderson
3James Starks
4Adrian Peterson
5Rashad Jennings
6Chris Johnson
7Danny Woodhead
8Joseph Randle
9Khiry Robinson
10Kenneth Farrow
11Toby Gerhart
12De'Veon Smith
13Joique Bell
14Dominique Williams
15Tim Hightower
16LaMichael James
17Alonzo Harris
18Joe Banyard
19Karlos Williams
20Brandon Burks
21Terrell Newby
22Ronnie Hillman
23Bobby Rainey
24Jordan Johnson
25Darren McFadden
26Anthony Dixon
27Brandon Ross
28Cedric O'Neal
29Bishop Sankey
30Storm Johnson
31Darrin Reaves
32Zac Stacy
33Josh Harris
34Jeremy Langford
35Jahwan Edwards
36Ross Scheuerman
37Kenneth Harper
38Jawon Chisholm
39Kelvin Taylor
40Zac Brooks
41B.J. Daniels
42Jerome Smith
43Brandon Brown-Dukes
44DuJuan Harris
45Matt Asiata
46Isaiah Pead
47Dan Herron
48Glenn Winston
49Keshawn Hill
50LaVance Taylor
51Michael Dyer
52Shaun Draughn
53Jeremy Stewart
54William Stanback
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2C.J. Anderson
3Rashad Jennings
4Tim Hightower
5Adrian Peterson
6Chris Johnson
7Toby Gerhart
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2DeMarco Murray
3C.J. Anderson
4James Starks
5Rashad Jennings
6Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Darrel Young
3Erik Lorig
4Will Johnson
5Emil Igwenagu
6Jorvorskie Lane
7Lorenzo Taliaferro
8Julian Howsare
9Brandon Cottom
10Paul Lasike
11Henry Hynoski
12Cory Harkey
13Ryan Mueller
14Joe Don Duncan
15Andrew Bonnet
16Will Ratelle
17Soma Vainuku
18Darrin Laufasa
19Patrick Skov
20Juwan Thompson
21Jordan Campbell
22Glenn Gronkowski
23Sam Bergen
24Brad Smelley
25Trey Millard
26Nikita Whitlock
27Chris Swain
28Tyler Renew
29Kyle Coleman
30Blake Renaud
31Devon Johnson
32Quayvon Hicks
33Alstevis Squirewell
34Freddie Stevenson
35Tyler McCloskey
36Joe Bacci
37Kiero Small
38J.C. Copeland
39Joey Iosefa
40Zach Boren
41John Conner
42Sione Houma
43John Robinson-Woodgett
44Algernon Brown
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Dez Bryant
3Anquan Boldin
4Keith Mumphery
5Eli Rogers
6Greg Jennings
7Marques Colston
8Jerome Simpson
9Marcus Easley
10Douglas McNeil
11Eddie Royal
12Stevie Johnson
13Arrelious Benn
14Tyler Davis
15Jacoby Ford
16Josh Morgan
17Hakeem Nicks
18Dwayne Bowe
19James Jones
20Preston Parker
21Greg Little
22Kris Durham
23Markus Wheaton
24Corey Fuller
25Kyle Prater
26Keenan Reynolds
27Corey Brown
28Jared Abbrederis
29DeAndre Reaves
30Kain Colter
31Miles Austin
32Greg Salas
33Jordan Williams
34Ed Eagan
35Armon Binns
36Carlton Mitchell
37Ben Edwards
38Nick Harwell
39Reggie Dunn
40Shaq Evans
41Solomon Patton
42Bernard Reedy
43Nate Washington
44Robert Herron
45Jonathan Krause
46Dezmin Lewis
47Ricky Collins
48Jaxon Shipley
49Mitch Mathews
50Jared Dangerfield
51Joshua Stangby
52Andrew Turzilli
53Isaac Fruechte
54Zach D'Orazio
55Kenzel Doe
56Keyarris Garrett
57Josh Lenz
58Uzoma Nwachukwu
59Eric Rogers
60Damaris Johnson
61Damian Williams
62Tevin Reese
63Mekale McKay
64Tevin Jones
65Michael Rector
66Kenny Cook
67Issac Blakeney
68Ryan Spadola
69L'Damian Washington
70Duke Williams
71Corey Washington
72David Porter
73Marlon Moore
74Jarrett Boykin
75Lance Lewis
76Joseph Anderson
77Josh Stewart
78Chandler Worthy
79Marquez Clark
80Alonzo Russell
81Dennis Parks
82Quinshad Davis
83Rashaun Simonise
84Reece Horn
85Ishmael Zamora
86Bug Howard
87Robert Wheelwright
88Shaq Hill
89Tyler Murphy
90Josh Harper
91Donatella Luckett
92Travis Labhart
93Devin Street
94Jeff Beathard
95DaVaris Daniels
96Ezell Ruffin
97Tyler McDonald
98Javontee Herndon
99Aaron Dobson
WR21Brandon Marshall
2Roddy White
3Brian Hartline
4Ace Sanders
5Riley Cooper
6Denarius Moore
7Chris Givens
8Marcus Thigpen
9A.J. Jenkins
10Ryan Whalen
11Joe Morgan
12Austin Pettis
13Chris Matthews
14Ryan Broyles
15Kevin Smith
16Dorial Green-Beckham
17R.J. Harris
18Kenbrell Thompkins
19Emory Blake
20Jacoby Jones
21Victor Cruz
22Chris Harper
23Donteea Dye
24Nathan Palmer
25Onterio McCalebb
26Jordan Payton
27Wendall Williams
28Eric Weems
29Shakim Phillips
30Da'Ron Brown
31Tandon Doss
32Andre Debose
33Mike Brown
34Devon Wylie
35Jimmie Hunt
36Mike Williams
37Jay Lee
38Marcus Leak
39Keshawn Martin
40Devante Davis
41K.J. Maye
42Frankie Hammond
43Chris Brown
44James Butler
45Kenny Lawler
46Anthony Dable
47Jerome Lane
48Noel Thomas
49Deante' Gray
50Amir Carlisle
51Reggie Bell
52Valdez Showers
53Michael Preston
54Phil Bates
55Milton Williams III
56Myles White
57Kadron Boone
58Ryan Lankford
59Isiah Ferguson
60Daniel Rodriguez
61A.J. Cruz
62Rannell Hall
63Titus Davis
64Clyde Gates
65Jeremy Ross
66Marcus Harris
67T.J. Graham
68Saalim Hakim
69Kashif Moore
70Josh Boyce
71Juron Criner
72Stephen Hill
73Andre Davis
74Demetrius Wilson
75Josh Reese
76DiAndre Campbell
77Trevor Harman
78Larry Pinkard
79Michael Bennett
80Paul Browning
81Austin Willis
82Tom Nelson
83Leonard Hankerson
84Rodney Smith
85James Quick
86Trindon Holliday
87Chris King
88Mitchell Paige
89Josh Magee
90Durron Neal
91David Glidden
92Kieran Duncan
93Jarvis Turner
94T.J. Thorpe
95Moritz Bohringer
96Reggie Diggs
97Marken Michel
98Levi Norwood
99Ed Williams
100Danny Anthrop
101Christion Jones
WR31Marques Colston
2Chris Givens
3Riley Cooper
TE1Owen Daniels
2Gary Barnidge
3Ladarius Green
4Marcedes Lewis
5Tony Moeaki
6Craig Stevens
7Ifeanyi Momah
8Brent Celek
9Brandon Bostick
10Zach Sudfeld
11Dante Rosario
12Scott Chandler
13Chase Ford
14Blake Annen
15Andrew Quarless
16Kyle Miller
17Matt Spaeth
18Scott Simonson
19Dominique Jones
20Nic Jacobs
21Bruce Miller
22Mickey Shuler
23Martellus Bennett
24Michael Cooper
25Wes Saxton
26Beau Gardner
27Anthony Denham
28Casey Pierce
29Mike McFarland
30J.P. Holtz
31Aaron Peck
32Eric Wallace
33D.J. Williams
34Chase Coffman
35David Johnson
36Mychal Rivera
37Rob Blanchflower
38Jacob Maxwell
39Nick Kasa
40Richard Gordon
41Chase Dixon
42Cameron Clear
43Steve Maneri
44Justice Cunningham
45Rashaun Allen
46David Paulson
47Larry Donnell
48Cooper Helfet
49Marcus Lucas
50Rob Housler
51Jake Stoneburner
52Brandon Barden
53Chris Gragg
54Gerell Robinson
55Kevin Greene
56Dan Light
57Arthur Lynch
58Jordan Thompson
59Jack Tabb
60Asante Cleveland
61Chris Pantale
62Adrien Robinson
63Ryan Taylor
64Konrad Reuland
65Brett Brackett
66Michael Egnew
67Clayton Echard
68Taylor McNamara
69Braxton Deaver
70M.J. McFarland
71John Peters
72Tevin Westbrook
73Jay Rome
74Kivon Cartwright
75Jake Murphy
76Rory Anderson
77Gannon Sinclair
LT1King Dunlap
2Eugene Monroe
3Charles Brown
4Cameron Bradfield
5Landon Lechler
6Chris Bordelon
7Reid Fragel
8Michael Bowie
9Carter Bykowski
10Kevin Graf
11Rob Crisp
12Fahn Cooper
13Justin Senior
14Terry Poole
15Jordan Rigsbee
16Tyson Chandler
17Robert Myers
18Darrell Brown
19Jason Fox
20Kyle Roberts
21Michael Oher
22Takoby Cofield
23Micah Hatchie
24David Hedelin
25Vince Kowalski
26John Weidenaar
27Taylor Fallin
28Wil Freeman
29Jah Reid
30Lars Hanson
31Garry Williams
32Chauncey Briggs
33Tyrus Thompson
34Jessamen Dunker
35Collin Buchanan
36Jonathan McLaughlin
37Cody Booth
38Justin Renfrow
39David Foucault
40Andrew McDonald
41Jerry Ugokwe
42Donald Hawkins
43Jordan Swindle
44Arturo Uzdavinis
45Max Rich
LG1Ben Grubbs
2David Yankey
3Anthony Steen
4Ben Heenan
5Antoine Everett
6Sebastian Tretola
7David Arkin
8Edawn Coughman
9Ryan Seymour
10Tim Lelito
11Cyril Richardson
12Mackenzy Bernadeau
13Jarell Broxton
14Jake Simonich
15Sam Brenner
16Dallas Thomas
17Darren Keyton
18Collin Rahrig
19Zach Voytek
20Kitt O'Brien
21Jake Bernstein
22Vi Teofilo
23Alex Cooper
24Alex Kozan
25Jeff Adams
26Tanner Hawkinson
27Adrian Bellard
28Brian Folkerts
29Matthew Masifilo
30Lene Maiava
31Jamison Lalk
32Marquis Lucas
33Dustin Stanton
34Austin Shepherd
35Al Bond
36Ronald Patrick
37Greg Pyke
38Richard Levy
39Freddie Tagaloa
40Pearce Slater
41Garrick Mayweather
42Nila Kasitati
C1Jeremy Zuttah
2Erik Austell
3Mitchell Bell
4Max Tuerk
5Manuel Ramirez
6Gino Gradkowski
7Khaled Holmes
8Julian Vandervelde
9Marcus Henry
10Jacob Flores
11Fernando Velasco
12Jacques McClendon
13Drew Nowak
14Garth Gerhart
15Barrett Jones
16Dalton Freeman
17Patrick Lewis
18Karim Barton
19Ben Clarke
20Ross Burbank
21Brian De La Puente
22Braxston Cave
23Quinton Schooley
24Robert Kugler
25Mark Spelman
26Jack Allen
27Taylor Boggs
28Ben Gottschalk
29Lucas Crowley
30Reese Dismukes
31Dillon Farrell
32Tyler Orlosky
RG1Todd Herremans
2Louis Vasquez
3Garrett Gilkey
4Geoff Schwartz
5Cyril Lemon
6Andrew Tiller
7Craig Watts
8Robert Myers
9Chase Farris
10Emmett Cleary
11Darrion Weems
12Kraig Urbik
13Paul Fanaika
14Chris Scott
15Hugh Thornton
16Jared Smith
17Tre' Jackson
18Josue Matias
19Leon Brown
20Clay DeBord
21Alvin Bailey
22Adam Replogle
23Gabe Ikard
24Jarrod Pughsley
25Antoine McClain
26Tony Hills
27Ryker Mathews
28Boston Stiverson
29Terran Vaughn
30Donovan Williams
31Tyler Johnstone
32Mitchell Kirsch
33Trip Thurman
34Kareem Are
35Shahbaz Ahmed
36Ruben Carter
37Chris Muller
38Jarvis Harrison
39Matt Rotheram
40Thomas Evans
41Mike McQueen
RT1J'Marcus Webb
2Tayo Fabuluje
3Erik Pears
4Adrian Bellard
5Sebastian Vollmer
6Mitchell Van Dyk
7Austin Howard
8Darryl Baldwin
9Norman Price
10Nick Ritcher
11Patrick Miller
12Robert Leff
13Isiah Cage
14Lamar Holmes
15Michael Williams
16Luke Marquardt
17Martin Wallace
18Colin Kelly
19Pierce Burton
20Dan France
21Kona Schwenke
22Zeth Ramsay
23Kevin Bowen
24Ryan Mack
25Torian White
26Keavon Milton
27Jonah Pirsig
K1Travis Coons
2Josh Brown
3Dan Carpenter
4Younghoe Koo
5Nick Folk
6Brandon Bogotay
7Jordan Gay
8Zach Hocker
9Kyle Brindza
10Brad Craddock
11Devon Bell
12Shayne Graham
13Shaun Suisham
14Andy Phillips
15Mike Meyer
16Ross Martin
17Patrick Murray
18Corey Acosta
19Justin Manton
20Marshall Morgan
21Andrew Furney
22John Lunsford
23Carey Spear
24Billy Cundiff
25Jaden Oberkrom
26Tom Obarski
27Ty Long