When your body won’t let you play the game you love: Message to Smith and Best

May 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Detroit Lions have had only three rookie running backs to ever rush for over a 1,000-yards, Barry Sanders and Billy Sims are two of them, can you guess who the third guy is?
To get the answer, you have to think back to 2004 when Detroit had a promising young rookie running back named Kevin Jones.
Jones was drafted by the Lions with the 30th-pick in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft. Ironically, that's the same spot the Lions traded up just six years later to draft running back Jahvid Best, who the Lions are hopeful will become the fourth rookie running back to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark.
Jones was unique in that he relished physical contact, but also possessed deceiving speed. Having a "thunder and lighting" tandem at the running back position has become a recent popular trend in the NFL. Back then, in some ways Jones was the best of both worlds all by himself.
He burst on the seen rushing for 1,133 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie campaign. L...

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