Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hasn’t played in the NFL since 2013 following an Atlantic City casino assault on his then fiancee turned wife. Now, it looks like his career could be officially coming to an end very soon.
Rice has tried to make a comeback several times in the past and has continued to train on the off-chance that someone actually calls him.
Now that he is getting up in age and has yet to get a phone call, he realizes that it may be time to call it a career on the field.
“I’m training, but I’m more training for life,” Rice said via NJ.com. “I think it’s safe to say that football … I don’t want to ever say I’m giving up because that’s never going to be me … I’m happy. I’m in the best shape of my life, and I know if it doesn’t happen this year, it’s probably something I have to deal with. But you know what? It’s not the end of my life.”
However, Rice does realize that if his career is over, he doesn’t want any young aspiring player to make the same mistakes he did. He said he will commit his life to showing kids the right way to go about things much better than he did two years ago.
“I know that the window for playing is closing. But if my window closes, I’m going to make sure I open up a thousand more opportunities for kids, to give them an opportunity to pick up where I left off,” Rice said. “That’s where I’m at. I’ve got three Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl. There’s a lot of people that can’t go out there and do what I did. But I don’t want it to end that way, it’s safe to say.”
In his six-year career, Ray Rice proved to be one of the promising young studs in the NFL. He rushed for nearly 6,200 yards and 37 touchdowns and helped the Ravens to five straight playoff appearances and a Super Bowl championship in 2012.