Week in Review: Jahvid Best's release sticks out as training camp nears

Posted Jul 20, 2013

The Detroit Lions announced the release of RB Jahvid Best Wednesday, adding somber news to training camp buzz

The big news this week was the Detroit Lions' release of RB Jahvid Best.

While the news was not a surprise (Best has not played in a regular season game since October of 2011), it still brought with it a pang of sadness for what could have been.

Via Twitter, the 25-year-old athlete sent a heartfelt message to his supporters:

"Thanks for all the love and support! DET was awesome #lionatheart"

Columnist Mike O'Hara summed up Best's time with this Lions in his Wednesday column, Jahvid Best will be remembered for what kind of player he might have been.

Said O'Hara, "His signature moment – one that defined the role he could have played – came in the Lions' 24-13 win over the Bears in Game 5 against the Bears at Ford Field in 2010.

"It was a Monday Night TV game, and the Lions had the city and much of the NFL buzzing with their 4-0 start. Best was the star of the night, with 12 carries for 163 yards.

"An 88-yard TD run sealed the game for the Lions. Best broke through a hole at the line and hit sixth gear in two strides. He was headed for the end zone before the Bears' defense could react.

"That night gave a sign of what the Lions might have in their offense for seasons to come. Unfortunately, Best played only one more game. He was hurt the next week in the loss to the 49ers."