Jahvid Best: From 'gamer' to 'in the game'

May, 26, 2010
By Jon Robinson
BestNick Doan/Icon SMIJahvid Best's speed and acceleration make him the perfect back in "Madden NFL 11."

I've never seen anyone on a football field get launched into the air as high as Jahvid Best flew against Oregon State. For an instant, his touchdown catapult was the most electrifying moment of the Cal season. Then I saw him on the ground, arms stiffening, helmet popped off, and it instantly became one of the most frightening moments I can remember watching sports.

"I was just trying to get the ball in the end zone by any means necessary and I felt like jumping in the air was going to be the easiest way," Best explains when I ask about his journey from possible career ending injury to first-round pick of the Lions. "Unfortunately somebody undercut me and I lost my balance. I didn't have a sense of where the ground was and I just came down hard.

"I was blessed, though, because it looked a lot worse than it really was," the rookie runner tells me with a smile when I break down how the violence of the fall looked like something straight out of the old "NFL Blitz." He was carted off the field with a concussion, but it could have been much worse.

"Even though it looked really horrible, it really didn't do too much to my body, so I've been able to get back to training and I'm ready to play."

And now that Best has been drafted by Detroit, one of his first perks of playing pro ball is finally seeing himself in "Madden NFL 11."

"'NCAA Football 10' was pretty perfect the way they captured me, but it didn't have my name or face or anything like that," he said. "They had my speed, they had my agility, and catching ability and they did a good job. But in 'Madden,' now it's actually me. It's going to be my face, my name. It's actually me. It's going to be amazing to see."

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