We all know Cal football has not been doing great. Although it pains us to admit it, the team has been playing amateurishly, and we can only hope that Sonny Dykes revitalizes the program to win back some school pride. While our team as a whole has done poorly, we can boast about some incredible athletes who have gone on to stardom in the pros. Here, we will bask in the glory of five of our greatest alumni in the NFL :

5. Jahvid Best

Jahvid (right) with his high school football coach

Best is tough. Best is explosive. Best is fast. Although he is not currently part of the NFL, he more than deserves to be on this list. One thing can be said of Best: He goes out with a bang. Those who have been following Cal football remember Best’s incredible Oregon State touchdown for the Bears in 2009, which also happened to be his last game at Cal. That touchdown gave him his second concussion in two weeks and led to his retirement from college football.

In the 2010 NFL draft, Best was the fastest running back. He joined the Detroit Lions in 2010. The few times he was healthy, Best played incredibly, even having a 75-yard touchdown reception. In 2011, he beat his personal best with an 88-yard reception. Alas, despite his sensational athleticism and his commitment to football despite countless injuries, Best finally succumbed to post-concussive symptoms and is now on the NFL’s injury reserves. He has not played for more than a year, but his achievements in his prime are staggering. Hopefully we’ll see Jahvid again, but even if we don’t, as Bob Dylan said, “It is better to burn out than to fade away.”

4. Shane Vereen

Look, we know no one likes the Patriots, but Shane Vereen is another running back out of Cal who deserves mention. With an impressive college total of 1,167 rushing yards, Vereen left Cal in three years and was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2011. There, he continued to play well, reaching a career best of an 83-yard reception. Currently, he has 308 rushing yards and four touchdowns. But these stats don’t fully explain why he’s on this hall of fame list.

Remember two Sundays ago? Patriots vs. Jets, and the Pats chief running back Danny Woodhead is injured. It’s down to veteran Stevan Ridley and third-string nobody Shane Vereen. Vereen delivers the football to the endzone three times. Yes, Tom Brady deserves some credit for some accurate passing, but Vereen really showed the world what he can do. We don’t root for the Patriots any more than you do, but there are those magical moments when Vereen makes this world a better place and the Patriots head cheater is almost tolerable.

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Sunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

These five professors are quite the dapper fellows–the 2010 Guggenheim fellows, that is. Ah yes, looks like the newly-minted AAAS members weren’t the only Berkeley profs kicking AAAS-s and taking academic names. SHING! (That’s the sound of an awesome joke being made.) [NewsCenter]

Nobody wins … again. [Daily Cal]

People’s Park celebrated its 41st birthday today. People FTW! Parks FTW! Birthdays FTW! [Facebook]

They’re number one! They’re number one (round NFL Draft picks)! [Daily Cal]

Image Source: Connie Chen, Daily Cal [Through the Looking Glass]
Earlier: Not About the Super Bowl


shorts11-235x300The Beavers really slaughtered the Bears in this week’s game against Oregon State, but tailback Jahvid Best almost made it literal with his “serious concussion” he received after landing hard on the back of his head and neck. We wish you the best, Mr. Best. [Daily Cal]

You know what would really help solve this budget crisis: just getting rid of the professors. Don’t get something? Just press the “I don’t understand” button on your chair. [New York Times]

There’s a lot of Shakespeare going on in Berkeley, folks. Check out the BareStage production of “Othello” or The Globe Theatre’s production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at Zellerbach. The Clog has seen both and we can vouch that both are excellent. [Cal Performances]

If, for some reason, you have the mid-fall urge to go ice skating, then too bad. Just kidding—you can head over to the Embarcadero rink or the Safeway Rink in Union Square in SF to get your skate on. [7x7]

Earlier: Twitter Bitterness Never Gets Old


Cal decisively won over Washington State this weekend in what can best be described as a “Holy shit!” evoking performance by running back Jahvid Best. The score? 66-3. Holy shit!

Some interesting highlights from the game: Best ran for about 100 km (read: 200 yards) total, it was the first game since 2006 that Cal’s defense didn’t allow a touchdown, and seven different players made it to the endzone.

Where was this kind of chemistry last year, where Cal beat WSU by a mere 3 points? If they keep it up this season, would anyone care?

Image Source: Nathan Yan, The Daily Californian
Bears Run Rampant on the Palouse in 66-3 Win Over Washington State [Daily Cal]
Cal Rolls to Victory in Rout of Washington State [AP]