Concussions ended Jahvid Best‘s NFL career, but the former Detroit Lions running back is utilizing his talents in another sport these days as he was approved to join the Saint Lucia Olympic track and field squad for this Summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Best last played for the Lions in 2011 where a concussion during a game against San Francisco placed the halfback on IR. The 2010 1st round pick was never able to see the field again and was released by Detroit in 2013. Best is aiming to become the first former NFL player to compete in the Summer games.
“Above all else I’m excited to get out there and make my country and family proud,” Best said in a statement to NBC Olympics.
Best starred as a two-sport athlete during his high school days at Salesian High School in Richmond, California where he ran track and field and played football. Despite being born in the United States, he is considered eligible for Saint Lucia due to his duel citizenship and his father being from the small Caribbean island.
The former California star running back first drew attention for a possible bid in the Olympics when he ran a career best 10.16 seconds in the 100m during a small meet in California. Although there was eligibility issues at first with Best being an American runner officially up until this week, but since he hasn’t competed in an international competition he was considered eligible to compete with Saint Lucia.
The small Caribbean nation first debuted during the 1996 Olympics and has sent just six athletes to the Summer Games in its history and has never earned a medal.