After a two-year hiatus from the NFL, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will be involved with the league in some form. It was announced on Tuesday that Rice will coach running backs alongside Priest Holmes for the National team at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Rice hasn’t played since he was suspended in September after a video of him striking his now-wife in a New Jersey hotel and casino. He has since been reinstated to the NFL, but has yet to sign with any team.
ESPN first reported the news of Rice’s position with the team. Rice was asked about what he can do to help these players. He talked about wanting to get them off on the right foot and stay away from the path he ultimately took.
“I think the NFL has such a huge platform and I’ve seen the platform I had when I was playing, when I would go out and help people,” Rice said. “I go out now, and I don’t have an NFL platform, but I’m going out there and helping people out. So if I never played a down again, why not see if I could use their platform to go out there and help make a difference?
“Young rookies, anybody in college … I want to be able to spread all of my experiences to help other people, to make them understand that domestic violence is not OK, not even one time.”
In six seasons with the Ravens, Rice rushed for 6,180 yards with 37 touchdowns and caught 369 passes for 3,034 yards and six touchdowns, which was good enough to earn him three separate trips to the Pro Bowl. If there’s anyone these NFL hopefuls should take advice from, Rice is certainly a good mentor.
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