DETROIT (WKZO) – The Detroit Lions have announced the release of running back Jahvid Best.
Best was a first-round draft pick of the Lions in 2010, and provided a spark to Detroit’s rushing attack before suffering a concussion that sidetracked his career. He appeared in all 16 games of his rookie season, and made 15 starts in 22 appearances in the Honolulu Blue. Best was limited to six games during the 2011 season, and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list on August 27, 2012, ultimately missing the entire season.
“I want to thank the Detroit Lions organization for drafting me and giving me an opportunity to fulfill my dream and play in the National Football League,” Best told reporters following the announcement. “My time as a member of the Lions was a very special time in my life. My teammates, the members of the organization, the Lions fans and the people of Detroit will hold a special place in my heart. I’ll always be a Lion.”
Best totaled 945 yards on 255 carries as well as 85 receptions for 774 yards and three touchdowns over two seasons. His highlight with Detroit came under the Monday Night Football spotlight when he ran for an 88-yard touchdown in the third quarter against the Bears on October 10, 2011, recording the second longest touchdown run in franchise history.
In 2012, Best was honored with the Ed Block Courage Award, which recognizes players that overcome setbacks in their NFL career.