Former Lions RB Jahvid Best will compete in 100 meters at Olympics

Former Lions running back Jahvid Best is headed to the Olympic games.
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Former Lions running back Jahvid Best is headed to the Olympic games.

Best, a sprinter in high school, will compete in the 100-meter event for Saint Lucia, where his father holds citizenship, he told NBC Sports.

“When I think [about] the road I have traveled to get here I get tons of emotions. A couple of years ago my lifetime dream was crushed,” Best told NBC. “I was devastated, but I never stop dreaming and believing in myself. My family has instilled a lot of values that has enabled me to persevere through it all.”

The 27-year-old was a first-round pick out of California in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Lions before retiring due to concussions.

His personal best in the event, a 10.16, would not have qualified him for the 100-meter final at the most recent U.S. Olympic Trials.