Jahvid Best Set To Compete In Summer Olympics
Best, who has a Saint Lucian father and holds dual citizenship, appeared on the Olympic radar after he ran a personal-best 10.16 seconds in the 100m at a small meet in California.
A 2010 first-round NFL Draft pick, Best played for the Lions from 2010-11 before having to sit out the following two seasons and eventually retire prematurely due to multiple concussions. He enjoyed a successful three-year career at Cal, being named a first-team All-Pac-12 selection from 2007-08 and a second-team pick in 2009. Best holds the school single-game record for rushing yards (311, vs. Washington in 2008) and the modern-era record for touchdowns (5, at Minnesota in 2009).
A two-sport athlete while at Salesian High School in Richmond, Calif., Best won a gold medal in the 200m at the 2005 USTAF Junior Olympics, and he won the 2007 California State Championship in the 100m with a time of 10.31 and also finished second in the 200m at 20.65.