Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is training to try out for the St. Lucia Olympic track team ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, reports Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press.
In addition to his training, Best will need to become a citizen of St. Lucia, where his father is originally from.
“I visited as a very young child, with my parents, but don’t have much memory, just pictures," Best told the St. Lucia News. “I just want to bring pride to Saint Lucia, to the Olympic team, to the sport of athletics. 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.”
Best was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Lions. He played in 22 games with Detroit during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, running for 945 yards and six touchdowns. He was released from the team in 2013 due to persisting concussion symptoms.