Ray Rice tells Rutgers football players to “not make the mistakes that I made”

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Before Rutgers held its spring football game Friday night, a prominent former Scarlet Knights star addressed the team:

Ray Rice.

Rice, the former Ravens running back who has been out of the NFL since being released by the Ravens in September, told Steve Politi of New Jersey Advance Media he wanted to give the current Rutgers players some life advice.

“I just shot them straight. I’m sure if you speak to them, they’ll give you a lot better explanation of what I told them, but I gave them the message to go out there and not make the mistakes that I made,” Rice told Politi. “If I can help them understand, then I’ve made an impact. It costs no money to give them a good message like that.”

Rice was released by Baltimore after video surfaced of him striking his now-wife in an Atlantic City elevator. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, who asked Rice to talk to his players, told New Jersey Advance Media the former star running back had some valuable knowledge to share.

” . . . Ray made the wrong decision, and he’s held himself accountable to it, and he’s paid the price for it, and I thought today was an opportunity for him to deliver a message to try to prevent one of our young people doing that in the future,” Flood told Politi.

Rice rushed for nearly 5,000 yards in just three seasons at Rutgers and is the school’s all-time leading rusher.

58 responses to “Ray Rice tells Rutgers football players to “not make the mistakes that I made”

  1. It is truly our loss that Ray Rice isn’t on a football team right now. The only true mistake the Ravens have ever made is over-reacting about that 2nd video.

  2. Yep, definitely a good message.

    So, who was there with him to lift up the rocks the players who may not have already been aware of this life lesson were under?

  3. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has gotten this story wrong. What he should tell them is his real mistake – don’t get drunk while your wife is getting drunk at a casino – cameras or no cameras – all will be well. That damn liquor is a mutha

  4. Ray Rice made a mistake. Ray Rice made big mistake. Some mistakes are just too big to get over. It’s really sad. Most of these guys that hit women and children are just really bad guys. But I really think Rice is a good guy. It’s a sad case.

  5. A mistake huh?

    A mistake is when I forget to hang my car keys on the hook by the front door and spend 10 minutes lookig for them, or when I forget to take the recycling to the curb on trash day.

    Knocking a women unconscious is hardly a mistake

  6. So how long does a man have to pay for his transgression?

    A life for a life? I agree.

    A robbery? Prison and repay the debt. I agree.

    Beating on your woman under circumstances we all don’t have privy to and she’s forgiven you? A year or more away from what you do. It’s enough.

    I’m not a fan, but we all have bad nights and we have got to let this guy move on. No one died? Right? No. One. Died. Period.

    Go Patriots!

  7. part machine says:
    The only true mistake the Ravens have ever made is over-reacting about that 2nd video.

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    I can think of at least one other mistake….

    Remember the guy that covered up a double murder, destroyed key evidence, and then took a plea deal so his friends took the fall. You have to remember this guy, the Ravens built a statue celebrating him right in front of their stadium. Bet the family of the deceased appreciates that.

    Keep your head buried in the sand Ravens fans.

  8. Ray Rice will always be the most troubling incident because the man went from Mother Teresa to Ike Turner overnight. We think we know, but we just don’t know.

  9. Who else read the title and thought the mistake he was referring to was signing with a team that had to play the steelers at least twice a year.

  10. Translation: if that stupid video camera wouldn’t have been there, i wouldn’t be talking to you clowns…….

  11. Remember when Ray Rice was looking up to Ray Lewis as a mentor and everyone laughed because Ray Rice was a good guy who would never end up like a murderer…

  12. If rice was as good as Adrian Peterson he’d be on a team right now. Not saying one is worse than another but as a dad that coaches kids I’ll be rooting against AP. That dude doesn’t deserve a dime.

  13. Not trying to threaten anyone, but too many of you hide here and offer ridiculous thoughts to a tough situation for everybody. Grow up and own your own crap before judging anyone. If you believe in the almighty and post like you do, I won’t stand next to you ever. If you don’t, that’s fine….just remember that treating others like you would want to be treated is the RIGHT WAY TO DO YOUR BUSINESS. I expect a higher standard of those around me and I will hold them to that. I expect them to hold me to the same.

  14. Ray Rice left college with no college degree and beat a woman unconscious. Yeah, lets go with Ray to motivate these kids before the season starts. With so many Rutgers Alumni in the NFL they could have gotten to give a pre season speech, they choose Ray. How about telling the kids they didnt choose Ray to give the speech because he is a POS that they dont want associated with the program any more. That would have shown balls and had a bigger impact.

  15. The view from a Pats fan:
    Cheating
    Lying
    Deflating
    Tuck ruling
    Illegal filming

    It’s all good…cause no one died!
    But that Hernandez? well…we was DUPED!

  16. To everyone who says the message is already obvious to these kids – if you think everyone in his audience has been raised in an abuse-free environment, then you are the one under the rock. There are plenty of examples why certain behaviors are bad, yet that alone doesn’t prevent young people from continuing the cycle. Rice seems to be doing more than most people to try to impart the right message.

  17. Funny how Steelers’ fans are ok with a lifetime punishment for a single act of domestic violence and a four game susoension for a serial rapist. Maybe watching the latter throw picks in the end zone is the only way to understand how karma works.

  18. If you need somebody to come in to tell you not to punch a woman in the face and knock her out cold, that’s pretty bad. Common sense, no?

  19. Hopefully AP is also available to teach them not to beat the ever loving crap out of a toddler. Then if we can only get a rapist, an armed robber and a murderer from the local prison to teach them about their mistakes, these players just might have a chance!

  20. What a load of garbage. A mistake is grabbing the wrong kind of milk at the store. Or grabbing cilantro instead of parsley. What he did to his fiance was no mistake.

  21. It’s more a declaration of his declining skill set rather his offense to society. He was slowly producing less on field and head in the wrong side of the age scale. That his why it appears his NFL career is over. Wait for a camp or in season injury. If no one takes a flier on him then, it’s sure not to happen.

  22. The idiots on this board who trash Ray rice are all probably doing something illegal this weekend. the hatred toward Rice is WAY OVERBLOWN. Dude is a stand-up guy who got smashed on two bottles of tequila and made a terrible mistake. I don’t believe anyone should hit a women but if you stack up what Ray Rice did in drunk second compared to his years of work in the community throughout his life to that point and he definitely deserves a try out with another team. Not when team has even tried him out…..

    Sorry but he’s a scapegoat now for a league and a commissioner that has an image problem. How many speeches like this has Greg Hardy given and he’s in the league playing for one of it’s marquee teams. Goddel and NFL exces are a JOKE!! The Ravens are looking for a back-up running back and I say BRING BACK RAY

    Thanks for all the memories Ray and I hope you have success in the future in your marriage, football or anything else you do!

  23. jamaltimore says:
    Apr 25, 2015 9:56 AM

    The idiots on this board who trash Ray rice are all probably doing something illegal this weekend. the hatred toward Rice is WAY OVERBLOWN. Dude is a stand-up guy who got smashed on two bottles of tequila and made a terrible mistake. I don’t believe anyone should hit a women but if you stack up what Ray Rice did in drunk second compared to his years of work in the community throughout his life to that point and he definitely deserves a try out with another team. Not when team has even tried him out…..
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    So you don’t believe a man should hit a woman but since he was drunk, it’s OK. Besides, look how great a guy he is right? Plus, he plays for your favorite team, the Ravens so that makes it OK to overlook stuff like wife beating and murder.

    Not one team will give him a tryout? Hmm….he should have thought about that before knocking his fiancee unconscious. Not to mention his last few years weren’t as productive and he’s getting older.

    Maybe you should give him a job if you feel so bad for him.

  24. If I had a kid on the Rutgers team, or even attending that school, I’d pull him out and demand my tuition money back.

    What an incredibly, astoundingly, mind-bogglingly
    stupid call for whoever made the decision to have RICE come and talk to my kid(s).

    I don’t care what Rice has to say – what we do defines us far more than anything we say. Do you really think that Rice would have stopped his violence against women if he hadn’t been caught?

    If so, you’re naive; he’d still be beating on her, if he hadn’t already killed her, all his mealy-mouthed, self-serving words to the contrary

    This is not the guy I want talking to my kid (with the endorsement of his college), telling him to “do what I say, not what I do.”

    The whole situation is just plain creepy, insanely stupid and totally wrong.

  25. Funny how Steelers’ fans are ok with a lifetime punishment for a single act of domestic violence and a four game susoension for a serial rapist. Maybe watching the latter throw picks in the end zone is the only way to understand how karma works.

    By your logic then Ray Rice is paying for Ray Lewis karma right?
    Funny Raven trolls try to divert the attention away by bringing up Ben who was only accused but never indicted or caught on video.
    Funny you bring up karma when you walk by a statue of a felon outside your stadium…..get your head out of the sand.

  26. Since the rape suspension: Giant egg laid during the SB. Tebowed out of the post season, Flaccoed out of the post season.

    Since Ray Lewis false charges dropped: 2 SB wins, multiple post season wins, humiliated Steelers in front of their own deluded fans.

    Enjoy your QB. He got away with it, but you’ll never get away from him.

  27. Afterwards, Ozzie Newsome was heard to utter the same “not to make the mistakes I made” lament to other GMs, over the embarrassing team-destroying Joe Flacco contract overpayment.

  28. I guarantee you that at least half of the people posting “it’s obvious hurr durr” here had a drug addict come to his/her elementary school to tell his or her story of regret.

    I guarantee you 9/10 of the people posting here who attended an fbs school are alumni of a school at which a player has been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony within the last ten years.

    So the question is not, “how much do we hate Ray Rice?”

    The question is, “is it effective to show adolescents/young adults a former peer who went from having it all to disgrace from 1 terrible, unconscionable act?”

    Kyle Flood and Greg Schiano have ran one of the cleanest programs in football. You may be sitting there behind your keyboard thinking “hurr durr” but they’re onto something

  29. Enjoy your QB. He got away with it, but you’ll never get away from him.

    Hey that is great advice you must have read the inscription on the felons statue…….I got away with murder and look where I am now, but don’t ask me what happened cuz you wasn’t there…..

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