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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:18 pm    Post subject: Possibility of Retirement for Jahvid Best Reply with quote

Lion's Jahvid Best likely has played his last down in NFL



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Having failed to find a doctor willing to clear him for a return to football


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Best has insisted, however, that retirement talk is premature, preferring to "cross bridges when I get to them."


Those bridges now are on the immediate horizon. The Detroit Free Press recently confirmed Best isn't expected to play football again after suffering four concussions dating back to his final year at Cal.


Over the past two seasons, the Lions are 5-1 with Best in the lineup and 9-18 without him.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000130779/article/lions-jahvid-best-likely-has-played-his-last-down-in-nfl


How do you guys feel about this? I'm truly saddened. He was one of my truly favorite players in college at Cal-Berkeley and I remember when he got his first full chance against the Eagles and he lit it up and I was incredibly happy.

I feel like he should return to school or try to pursue a coaching career. But man this is tough.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, its sad. Best was an extremely explosive player when playing for the Lions and is an underrated RB. I was really looking forward to seeing him & Leshoure become one of the league's premiere one-two punches.

But playing football really isn't worth your long-term health. Enjoy retirement, Best.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

any doctor who clears Best to play football again should lose their license.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really a shame. Guy had a lot of talent.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is why we cant leave it up to the players to do the right thing for themselves when it comes to the concussion issue. 1 1/2 later and hes still suffering symptoms. Its time to walk away and enjoy the family.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, this is sad. It's always sad when a player is forced to walk away from the game and not allowed to go out on their own terms.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horrible to see this happen to any player. However, I always felt he was rushed back to play after his concussion.

These issues are causing NHL players to miss at least 10-12 months of play. (For example, Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Pronger, Petr Mueller), but the NFL is clearing these guys (sans Best, he was out for months after his first concussion) after what, 2 weeks?

The NFL needs to take more serious action with concussions. I don't care if the NFL life of a player is short; cutting his life short to rush him back to play is worse. This league needs to take more precautions with concussions.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should just hang it up. Not worth the risk.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't he just sit out for a few years and let his body fully recover and then make a comeback? (perhaps when helmet technology has improved)

Or can the damage of concussions never be undone?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TomRalph wrote:
Can't he just sit out for a few years and let his body fully recover and then make a comeback? (perhaps when helmet technology has improved)

Or can the damage of concussions never be undone?


From my understanding, there is permanent & cumulative damage associated with concussions. In this case where Best has had a few severe concussions in a time period of only a few years, I would say that a comeback at any point would be dangerous. But I'm no doctor, admittedly.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheKillerNacho wrote:
TomRalph wrote:
Can't he just sit out for a few years and let his body fully recover and then make a comeback? (perhaps when helmet technology has improved)

Or can the damage of concussions never be undone?


From my understanding, there is permanent & cumulative damage associated with concussions. In this case where Best has had a few severe concussions in a time period of only a few years, I would say that a comeback at any point would be dangerous. But I'm no doctor, admittedly.


Yeah he can sit out as long as he wants but if he still has deficits in memory/balance/reaction time/ etc. He will not be cleared to go back to playing. Usually if a player has this problems they will resolve themselves after a short period of time. But after sometimes after repeated concussions (or even just one) they never go away.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a shame.


If there's any consolation, at least it's still early and he can go down the coaching route or something
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still puzzled how NFL teams invest high draft pciks on players with such red flags....
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kramxel wrote:
Still puzzled how NFL teams invest high draft pciks on players with such red flags....

When I saw his hit in college, I felt he'd have a shortened career.

At least he went in the first and got paid.

Shame that his dream got cut short, but he needs to think about the long term of his life.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't blame him if he hangs it up.
Sucks to see such a good talent stop playing so early.
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