Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 7/17/13
On a Monday night two years ago, Jahvid Best electrified the Detroit Lions' raucous, sellout crowd at Ford Field with an 88-yard touchdown run against the Chicago Bears. His future looked very promising at that moment.His game-breaking speed was one of the reasons the Lions got off to a 5-0 start that season. A week later, however, everything changed. Best suffered another concussion that inevitably has kept him from playing football again. The Lions made the long-anticipated move Wednesday afternoon by announcing that they have released Best, who still hasn't been cleared for contact all these months later because of his brain injuries that go back to his senior year in college. Jahvid is as fine a person and professional as I have ever worked with, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said. He was the consummate teammate and always did everything asked of him. We wish Jahvid the very best in all his future endeavors and have no doubt that he will be successful in whatever path he chooses. Best said in a statement released by the club: I want to thank the Detroit Lions organization for drafting me and giving me an opportunity to fulfill my dream and play in the National Football League. "My time as a member of the Lions was a very special time in my life. My teammates, the members of the organization, the Lions fans and the people of Detroit will hold a special place in my heart. Ill always be a Lion. Best, a first-round pick (30th overall) in 2010 out of the University of California, rushed for 945 yards and six touchdowns in 22 games over two seasons with the Lions. He also had 85 receptions for 774 yards and three scores. The 5-foot-10, 199-pound speedsteradded an important element to the Lions' offense. The Lions are 9-18 since Best made his final appearance - October 16, 2011 - in a Detroit uniform. Best was hoping to return to action last season, but he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list in late August and never did get the go-ahead from an extensive group of doctors who were closely monitoring his case. Knowing that Best wasn't expected to return again this season, the Lions went out and signed free-agent running back Reggie Bush to fill that much-needed role. Wednesday's announcement was far from a surprise because most have assumed for a while now that Best's career, sadly, is probably over.
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