May 21, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best (44) during organized team activities at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Release Jahvid Best


The writing has been on the wall for some time, but the Detroit Lions have finally released running back Jahvid Best, who has not played in a game since 2011 after concussions derailed his career. It is a sad story and difficult to see Best fail to realize his potential, but there are some things that you just can’t control.

This likely spells the end of Best’s career.

Best played in just 22 games throughout his NFL career after joining the league as a first-round draft pick.

It is not all bad news for Best, however. Since the Lions kept him on the vested veterans list, he is able to get healthcare.

Best released a statement to thank the Lions for all they have done for him throughout his short career.

“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 said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

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