Jahvid Best is “never giving up hope”

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Lions running back Jahvid Best is in Baltimore to be honored as one of the 32 Ed Block Courage Award winners from around the NFL.

Best was given the honor by his teammates after a 2012 season that never happened for the running back, who remains sidelined by neurologists who haven’t cleared him to return to football since going on injured reserve because of concussions in November 2011. The Lions have signed Reggie Bush as part of the path forward from relying at all on their 2010 first-round pick and Best has heard teammates tell him that he should retire, something that he does not plan to do.

“It’s tough. I don’t know what the future is going to hold for me,” Best said, via the Baltimore Sun. “It’s been about a year and a half now, but I’m still working out like I’m playing next week. … I am never giving up hope. I’m staying ready so if the opportunity does present itself, I’ll be ready.”

That’s a pretty big if at this point. Even if Best is able to get cleared for contact again at some point, his concussion history is a serious red flag for teams who probably don’t want to deal with the potential fallout of trotting him out there and then watching him get concussed again a short time later. The hope may never die, but it’s increasingly difficult to see it coming true either.

19 responses to “Jahvid Best is “never giving up hope”

  1. this is where mr. Goodell should be chiming in. Sorry Mr. Best. we’ll find a you a job in the NFL, but it wont be carrying the ball. Your future is more important than running the ball.

  2. Please just retire bro your cloudy future would not be worth it at all!! Really gonna miss u man and thinking about the poss with u and bush in the lineup makes me cringe with sickness.. Take care of u 1st well be just fine.

  3. Just imagine how long it would take him to recover from another concussion. If he some how happens to get back on the field they better equip his helmet with air bags.

  4. Faith is believing in something that you cannot see. Never give up, Jahvid. Many people live in the here and now and quit on things when times get tough – but it doesn’t mean that it is the right thing to do in the moment. Follow your heart until YOUR heart tells you otherwise. It is the only way that you will have peace later in life and eliminate the “what ifs.”

  5. I’d love to see the Kelso helmet make a triumphant comeback!

    Seriously, though, if enough legit doctors clear the guy, I see no problem with him coming back. That’s a pretty big IF though. If we trust the doctors when they say he SHOULDN’T play, then we also must trust them if they ever say he’s OK to play.

    At this point I’m kind of doubting we’ll ever see doctors say he’s OK enough to play, though. That’s a real tough break for a guy that seems like a great guy and a great football player.

  6. Its more then just that, usually a couple of weeks to recover, but almost 2 yrs? Thats to bad. He was electrifying to watch play. Sad story. God bless my brotha!

  7. Wait a minute, it’s courageous to not retire and instead sit on the sideline and get paid his full salary? I wish I had a job where I got paid my salary while off sick for a couple years AND got an award for it. I guess our standards for courage America have been lowered.

  8. jojopuppyfish says:
    Mar 18, 2013 11:28 AM
    This guy is incredibly overrated. Look at his stats. One 100 yard game in his career.

    That’s incredibly unfair. He’s a receiving back. He posted over 100 from scrimmage in 4 out of 6 games in 2011. He also had a 200+ game in 2010 but didn’t have over 100 ‘rushing’.

    I mean Darren Sproles hasn’t had a 100 yard rushing game since 2007…

  9. Jahvid is a class act all the way. He has enormous talent and is one of the fastest players in the league. It’s a real shame injuries and concussions have ruined his career. Many people thought he should have retired after that horrible concussion in college and walked away without further damage. Best of luck to Best in whatever he chooses.

  10. Can somebody explain why this guy’s concussions have kept him out so long, while other players, like Aaron Rodgers or Jay Cutler, get a concussion, take a week off, and then are back?

    What is the medical explanation for why Best’s concussion is so much worse?

  11. I am completely baffled by the idea that, with all of the money at stake, nobody on earth can come up with a better helmet/mouth guard design to alleviate these concussion issues. This doesn’t seem like the most difficult problem that mankind has ever faced but some people sure do act like it.

  12. JoJo has NoNo idea of what Best brought to that offense. The reason they drafted him was to throw him swing passes and let him use his speed in open space. Any rushing yards were icing on the cake.

  13. Football players get paid millions because football is a violent and dangerous sport… Jahvid knows the risks.. All players know the risk.. It’s like hazard pay… If the man chooses to take the “hazard pay” he also takes the risk of death/paralized /concussions…. Let the man play he knows the risks!!

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