Allen Park, Mich.— The Detroit Lions announced today that they have released RB Jahvid Best.
Best played in 22 games (15 starts) for the Lions after being
drafted by the team in the first round (30th overall) of the 2010 NFL
Draft. He saw action in all 16 games as a rookie in 2010, but was
limited to only six games in 2011. Best was placed on Physically Unable
to Perform on August 27, 2012 and missed the duration of the 2012
"Jahvid is as fine a person and professional as I have ever worked
with," Lions Executive Vice-President of Football Operations and 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."
"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," Best said. "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. I'll always be a Lion."
In his two seasons with Detroit, Best totaled 945 rushing yards on
255 carries (3.7 avg) and six touchdowns, as well as 85 receptions for
774 yards (9.1 avg) and three touchdowns. His 88-yard touchdown run in
the third quarter against the Bears on Monday Night Football (10/10) in 2011 ranks as the second-longest rush in franchise history.
In 2012, Best was selected as the recipient of the NFL's Ed Block
Courage Award, which recognizes players who overcome setbacks during
their football careers.