Former Lions running back Jahvid Best qualifies for Olympics

Posted at 10:14 AM, Jul 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 10:46:01-04

Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best has become the first person with NFL experience to qualify for the Olympics, according to NBC Sports.

Best, 27, will compete on the St. Lucia Track and Field team, NBC Sports reports.

He was drafted by the Lions in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He last played for the team in 2011 after a series of concussions forced him to sit out the entire 2012 season. He was released from the team in 2013.

According to NBC Sports, Best's father was born in St. Lucia, and his 10.16-second 100m sprint time at a meet in San Diego was enough for him to qualify for the Rio Olympics.