Former Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best Qualifies for The Olympics
Four years since a concussion ended his career, former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best has qualified to run track for Saint Lucia’s Olympic track team, competing in the 100m dash for the country in which his father was born. Best becomes the first person with prior NFL experience to qualify for the Summer Games.
Posting a 10.16 time, Best passed the Olympic qualifying time on April 2nd. Only two others in Saint Lucia qualified to go to Rio as Best posted the best time out of anybody in the country.
Best was a first-round pick out of California by the Lions back in 2010. His history of concussions in college followed him to the NFL, where a minor one in 2011 resulted in him never being cleared to return to an NFL field again.
It’s official: Jahvid Best is going to the Olympics in track & field for St. Lucia. pic.twitter.com/RRNfixyvuG
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