27-year-old ex-Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best has found a new, less violent activity that he excels in: running track.
After playing in two seasons with Detroit, Best was forced into retirement after numerous issues with concussions. Now, he is training at the ALTIS facility in Phoenix, and plans to try out for the St. Lucia Olympic track team.
Best, who ran the 100m during high school, still has some obstacles he’ll have to get past before tryouts. Some of those obstacles include gaining citizenship, getting a passport, and running the qualifying time of 10.16 seconds in the 100m. He is expected to perform his qualifying run at the National Championships in St. Lucia on June 25 and 26.
He has already hit the 10.16 second mark in a 100m race this year. He accomplished the feat at the Arnie Robinson Invitational, which was held in San Diego on April 2nd.
Best told the St. Lucia News about his excitement for the Olympics.
“I want to carry the flag around the track and make my family and country proud. I will be seeking a place on the team, representing my country would mean a lot to me, and to my family,” he said. I will be seeking a place on the team, representing my country would mean a lot to me, and to my family.”
After being selected in the first round (30th pick overall) of the 2010 draft, Best played in 22 games, running for 945 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 85 passes for 774 yards and three touchdowns during his brief playing career.