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.