Football: Jahvid Best says he’s healthy, excited to be back at school to help coach running backs

Jahvid Best, back at Cal as a student assistant running backs coach, said he currently has no lingering effects from the series of concussions that ended his NFL career in 2011 after just 22 games.

“My health is fine,” he said Thursday during an informal media gathering to announce his return to school as a student and part-time coach. “I have no issues that are dragging on. It’s good that I left the game healthy. That’s very important to me.”

Best, 25, whose All-America career at Cal was ended when he suffered a head injury on a spectacular fall after a midair collision during the 2009 season, suffered two additional concussions in his second season with the Detroit Lions. He hasn’t played in a game since Oct. 16, 2011.

The Lions kept Best on the payroll through the 2012 season, but he never was cleared to play and the team finally released him last July.

“Oh man, that was tough for me,” Best said of leaving the game. “My playing days are over. I knew it was going to happen eventually. It happened a lot quicker than I wanted it to. So now I’ve decided to come back to school and figure out what’s next for me.”

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Jeff Faraudo

  • 707 Bear

    Javid is fortunate: He has the cash to come back and finish his degree.

    Several Bears left early this year and who knows if they’ll make a NFL roster.

    Perhaps the NCAA should allow juniors who are NOT invited to the combine to come back to school. I’m thinking Maola, Jackson, Bigelow.

  • Rollonubears

    I’m proud of JB. This is great for us on so many levels. Having Theo back on the basketball sidelines has been huge as well.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    That fall in ’09 was frickin’ scary man. I was in that side of the stadium and you could kind of see it coming. I still think the osu player was dirty on that play too. Jahvid was leaping over the goal-line and he got lifted even higher by the defender who really had no chance of stopping the TD. Glad that fall didn’t end his career.

    Can he maybe get back on the track for the Bears? And is he the fastest man on campus once again? 😉 Go Bears!

  • sunshipballoons

    How guaranteeing all scholarships regardless of how long a kid stays at the school, as long as he’s not playing for another school.