(DETROIT) - Former Lions running back Jahvid Best has filed suit against the National Football League and helmet manufacturer Riddell after concussions ended his professional career.
An 86-page filing, submitted today in Wayne County Circuit Court, details the lengthy history of Best's concussions, dating back to his days playing football at the University of California.
The suit mentions two concussions suffered in consecutive weeks while Best was at Cal, then goes on to document two additional concussions Best suffered as a member of the Lions in 2011.
After suffering a concussion on August 19, 2011 in a preseason game against Cleveland, Best was knocked out of the league for good during a game against San Francisco on October 16, 2011. He was placed on injured reserve on November 25, 2011 and missed the entire 2012 season due to post-concussion syndrome.
Best was released by the Lions in July, 2013.
Among other claims, the suit alleges the NFL put Best at risk by deeming him eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft, despite full knowledge of his concussion history at California.
No specific monetary sums were detailed in the suit, but Best seeks a minimum of $25,000 in damages.