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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Jahvid Best to Assume Coaching Role for Cal Bears

By on 1/19/2014 04:00:00 PM

After a career shortened by injuries - primarily concussions - ex Detroit Lions' running back Jahvid Best has officially stepped away from the NFL, and will now take on a coaching role for the University of California Berkeley.

His "Best" years were in college, racking up 2,668 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns for the Golden Bears over his record-setting career. His 311-yards rushing against the Washington Huskies in 2008 is still a school record.

Broken Sphere, Wikimedia Commons
Best was a first-round draft pick by the Lions in 2010, but failed to stand up to the physicality of the NFL. His fragility has been his bane, and after three severe concussions, the Lions decided to part ways with what many associated with the franchise deemed as the future of their run game.

Best is returning to Cal to get his degree, also filling in as an assistant due to his obvious ties to NCAA and NFL life. His experience as a player - albeit minimal - would do wonders for the Cal program. He spent time as an assistant for Salesian High School last year, and was lauded for his communication abilities with young players.

Best is still considered a free agent in the NFL, but has not played in a league game since October of 2011. He is considered a risk, but still has minor allure due to his shiftiness and elusive ways.

It seems as if Best has realized that he will be forever linked to concussions, and with so much attention on said injury in the media, he has decided to use his brain power in a classroom and not on a football field. While there is a slim possibility that the 24-year old surfaces on the NFL radar again, it seem as if his playing days have officially come to an end with this news.


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