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Former Detroit Lions’ Running Back Jahvid Best to Sue NFL, Riddell Over Concussions

January 29th, 2014 at 12:33 PM
By Max DeMara

The biggest hot button issue in football is head injuries and the ways in which the league is dealing with them. The Detroit Lions have hardly been immune in the discussion, and now, Jahvid Best has brought them back into the forefront.

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Best, who can no longer play football due to a series of devastating concussions he sustained while playing collegiately at Cal and in the pros with the Lions, has reportedly decided to bring a lawsuit against the NFL, stating that the league knowingly allowed Best to be drafted and play despite a history of concussions. Riddell, the company which manufactures helmets, was also including in the suit. Damages were reported to be in excess of $25,000.

In addition to the suits, Best has also filed a worker's compensation claim with the Lions. The team told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that they know of the suit, but declined comment on it, as well as the compensation claims.

Best hasn't played football since 2011, when a nasty, head-first spill in a game against the San Francisco 49ers ended his career and provided him with a fifth concussion. Since then, Best has temporarily retired, heading back to Cal to work as a student assistant coach while he finishes his degree.

Despite the long odds and safety issues, Best might still hope to play football again one day. As it stands now, he finishes his Lions' career with 1,719 all-purpose yards and six rushing touchdowns after the team traded up to take him in the first round of the 2010 draft.

Though he never made the type of impact as hoped on the field, flashes of brilliance were certainly shown. Now, Best is hoping to make his biggest impact in keeping the game he  loves safe.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Jahvid Best, NFL

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