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Ray Rice says he hasn’t given up on playing again

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Ray Rice’s NFL career may have ended on September 8, 2014, when the tape of him punching his wife was made public, but Rice isn’t willing to accept that it’s over.

Rice told ESPN he would still like to play and thinks he can still contribute to an NFL team.

“I can still play football,” Rice said. “I’m never going to give up. You’re never going to hear me say I gave up.”

The 30-year-old Rice had a terrible season the last time he played, in 2013. So a lot of NFL teams may doubt that he can still play football. He insists, however, that he could still help an NFL team.

“The reason why I’m not playing football, you do the dots,” Rice said. “It ain’t because I’m a bad football player. That’s just keeping it real. I’m never giving up and never giving in.”

If an NFL team were willing to believe that Rice could help on the field while not giving the franchise a public relations headache, that team likely already would have signed Rice. The fact that it hasn’t happened yet after three full seasons out of the league indicates that it’s not going to happen, even if Rice still thinks it could.

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  1. tcampbell228 says: Mar 20, 2017 6:23 AM

    lol

  2. Kolo Jezdec says: Mar 20, 2017 6:45 AM

    Interesting that Donte Stallworth killed a man while driving drunk and managed to play for 3 other teams after that. Rice hit his wife while he was drunk and never saw an NFL field again.

    I think the difference is that Stallworth received actual legal consequences for his actions, including jail time, fines, and such. He was also suspended for an entire season.While not everyone was satisfied with this, one could at least argue that justice was served. The same could be said for MIchael Vick.

    The charges against Rice were dropped and he suffered no legal consequences for his actions. His initial 2 game suspension was viewed by many as a joke. Perhaps if Rice had been convicted and received a suspended sentence and a longer suspension by the NFL, he would have had another chance to play. As it is, people view him as having suffered no real consequences other than not being able to find employment in the NFL.

  3. gmoney52 says: Mar 20, 2017 6:56 AM

    I heard Oakland needs a RB….unfortunately the NFL has given up on Rice. Move on please.

  4. takingbacksundays5 says: Mar 20, 2017 7:12 AM

    I believe everyone deserves a second chance and I think Ray Rice has shown contrition for his actions. He’s certainly paid the price and then some.

    That being said, his time in the NFL is over. If he truly wanted to attempt a comeback, he should have been willing to take a chance and rebuild his stock in the CFL a couple of years ago. It’s been far too long and he’s too old now. Even if he didn’t carry any baggage, I can’t see anyone giving him a chance at this point.

  5. marooncat79 says: Mar 20, 2017 7:15 AM

    Shoulda went CfL Ray

  6. abninf says: Mar 20, 2017 7:15 AM

    Imagine of there was video of Peterson beating his son bloody. Seriously.

  7. nfl fan says: Mar 20, 2017 7:26 AM

    We have.

  8. dickshotdogs says: Mar 20, 2017 7:26 AM

    Actually, he could STILL go to the CFL. Don’t be stubborn, Ray. If you truly love football, you’ll head north.

  9. nhpats says: Mar 20, 2017 7:48 AM

    He wasn’t that good before…..go away Ray…

  10. footballisnotthatimportant says: Mar 20, 2017 7:49 AM

    No worries. The league gave up on you for you.

    Go away and attempt to be a productive member of society.

  11. exinsidetrader says: Mar 20, 2017 8:04 AM

    Imagine there was video of AP whipping a 4 year old with a stick so severely he perforates the little boy’s scrotum and draws blood over his body.

    Would AP have been given his second chance? No way and no one would even wonder why.

    Humans are visual creatures. Sorry Ray, but that image is too strong.

  12. freebird2011 says: Mar 20, 2017 8:06 AM

    Canadian Football League.

  13. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 20, 2017 8:10 AM

    He’s just as delusional as Greg Hardy. Nobody wants to deal with the mess he made. Whose fault is that? It’s Ray Rice’s fault. Maybe he should have thought about that before going medieval on his girlfriend in that elevator. Second chance? The NFL doesn’t owe anyone a second chance. Playing in the NFL is a privilege. Some people get second chances. If he had played better in his last year he might have had another team willing to put up with him like the Cowboys did with Greg Hardy. The problem is if you’re not productive, you’re not worth the hassle for the team to have you. That’s why Greg Hardy is unemployed. He can probably still play, if he wants to. He didn’t show much in Dallas and as a result now he’s in the same situation as Ray Rice. Maybe they can play but the baggage they bring along isn’t worth it. Like Motely Crue said, “Don’t go away mad…just go away.”

  14. hukdeep says: Mar 20, 2017 8:50 AM

    He Should…

  15. timmmah10 says: Mar 20, 2017 8:54 AM

    “You connect the dots”

    Everyone knows why you’re not in the league. In case you forgot, it was when you “hulk smashed” your wife in the face and then “cave man dragged” her in public.

    Have a nice life.

  16. whatjusthapped says: Mar 20, 2017 9:10 AM

    The difference between Ray Rice (wife puncher) and Adrian Peterson (child abuser) is that the Vikings could have cared less of their public image, thought Peterson would help them win, and the ownership of the Vikings were guilty of fraud so criminal activity was already part of their make up.

    Ray Rice suffered from his team wanting no part of it.

  17. natijim235 says: Mar 20, 2017 9:17 AM

    you do the dots Ray….your R R O K E and you need $$$$

  18. tomtravis76 says: Mar 20, 2017 9:20 AM

    Start with a tryout with the Baltimore Brigade. If Ray truly wants another NFL shot, he has to go to another league and let them handle all of the media attention and internet rage first ,which by the time he would get another opportunity in the league the majority of the people so angry he is wearing pads again will have subsided and he becomes just another guy working on a redemption story.

  19. claydefayette says: Mar 20, 2017 9:22 AM

    Comparing Stallworth to Rice is not apples-to-apples. The cover up sometimes is worse than the crime. Donte was open from the start and repenting, including all the known facets of the actual DUI. Not covering for him but the man deceased, rest in peace, was jaywalking four of five lanes of traffic while the cars’ posted speed limit was 45. Bottom line isyou throw all respect out the window when you choose to get behind the wheel buzzed or, in Stallworth’s case, on a drunken come down.

  20. ihateduke says: Mar 20, 2017 9:32 AM

    Maybe he should just forget about football and concentrate on a career in boxing! We already know he’s got one heck of a knockout punch!

  21. rainsarge says: Mar 20, 2017 9:42 AM

    There is an oversupply of decent RBs if a QB did that his reputation would take a loss but he could still play.

  22. joetoronto says: Mar 20, 2017 9:48 AM

    That turd was flushed as long time ago.

  23. thrillomania says: Mar 20, 2017 10:17 AM

    people forget his production was slipping before the incident. Ray Rice isn’t out of the league because of the tape, he’s out of the league because he can’t play anymore, the tape just put a nail in the coffin. Running backs get old fast and when they do, its over. they don’t stick around.

  24. kferguson2002 says: Mar 20, 2017 10:24 AM

    claydefayette says:
    Mar 20, 2017 9:22 AM
    Comparing Stallworth to Rice is not apples-to-apples. The cover up sometimes is worse than the crime. Donte was open from the start and repenting, including all the known facets of the actual DUI. Not covering for him but the man deceased, rest in peace, was jaywalking four of five lanes of traffic while the cars’ posted speed limit was 45. Bottom line isyou throw all respect out the window when you choose to get behind the wheel buzzed or, in Stallworth’s case, on a drunken come down.

    What about Leonard Little?

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 20, 2017 10:31 AM

    “Shoulda went CfL Ray”

    Canada won’t let him in with a violent felony record, so no, CFL is not an option.

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 20, 2017 10:35 AM

    “Interesting that Donte Stallworth killed a man while driving drunk and managed to play for 3 other teams after that. Rice hit his wife while he was drunk and never saw an NFL field again.”

    1. Stallworth was at .08 so yes he was legally drunk, but he wasn’t massively hammered.

    2. The guy he his was crossing 4 or 5 lanes of traffic at night where it was not legal to cross, against the light. Stallworth pled out because he felt horrible about having hit the guy, but had he taken it to court he would not have been convicted of vehicular manslaughter, only dui.

    3. He voluntarily paid a large settlement to the man’s family and took full responsibility for making sure they would have enough money to live decently.

    Can’t really compare the two incidents.

  27. nookers says: Mar 20, 2017 11:03 AM

    You are done .. you didnt quit .. yey

    You ain’t getting another shot in the NFL .. CFL is your only chance.

  28. ab420420 says: Mar 20, 2017 11:09 AM

    “The reason why I’m not playing football, you do the dots,” Rice said. “It ain’t because I’m a bad football player. That’s just keeping it real. I’m never giving up and never giving in.”

    It’s because you’re a terrible human being and teams can choose not to hire you, just keeping it real

  29. Kolo Jezdec says: Mar 20, 2017 8:33 PM

    Just to clarify the comment above, Stallworth had a BAC of 0.12 about an hour after the incident. He was travelling about 50 mph in 40 zone. He pled guilty to a lesser charge because a 0.12 could have led to a negligent manslaughter conviction. Interesting that you have info about the civil case, as both parties signed a nondisclosure agreement.

    I best no I’ll will towards Stallworth. My point was that he suffered legal consequences and 1 year suspension for his actions. Rice suffered no legal consequences (charges were dropped) and his initial suspension hardly fit the crime.

    BTW, Rice has no felony conviction, so he certainly could have played in the CFL.

  30. guitarkevin says: Mar 21, 2017 10:55 AM

    Journey has a song for this.

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