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ESPN – Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is set to become the first former NFL player to participate in the summer Olympic Games after being approved to represent St. Lucia in track and field next month in Rio.
Best will run in the 100 meters for St. Lucia, a Caribbean island with an estimated population of just over 163,000. Best was born in Vallejo, California, but his father holds dual citizenship in St. Lucia and the United States.
“This is a huge accomplishment for me, but at the same time this is just the beginning,” Best told NBC Sports. “I have only been in this sport for two years professionally, and plan on being around for a long time.”
According to NBCSports.com, Best will become the first former NFL player to compete in the Summer Games.
Marquise Goodwin competed for the U.S. in the 2012 Olympic long jump, but that was before he started his career as a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills. Goodwin didn’t qualify for the Olympic squad for Rio.
He joins Jeanelle Scheper (high jump), Levern Spencer (high jump) and Stephanie Devaux-Lovella (sailing) on the short list of athletes for St. Lucia, which has never won an Olympic medal.